The human body is a wonderful, breathtaking, perplexing, confounding construction, isn’t it? The human body usually has no problem healing cuts, scratches, or broken bones (with a little time, your body can restore the huge bones in your arms and legs).
But you won’t be so fortunate if the tiny hairs in your ears are compromised. For now anyway.
It’s really unfortunate that your body can pull off such fantastic feats of healing but can’t ever re-grow these little hairs. What’s going on there?
When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?
So let’s take a closer look. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re digesting the news: you have hearing loss. So the first question you ask is whether the hearing will ever return. And the answer is… it depends.
Dramatically speaking, it’s a bit anticlimactic.
But it’s also the truth. Hearing loss comes in two primary forms:
- Damage related hearing loss: But there’s another, more prevalent form of hearing loss. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. Here’s what happens: inside of your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when struck by sound waves. When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are sent to the brain which makes them into the sounds you perceive. But loud sounds can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.
- Blockage induced hearing loss: You can exhibit every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some sort of obstruction. This blockage can be caused by a wide range of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright frightening (tumors). Your hearing will go back to normal, luckily, when the obstruction is cleared away.
So the bottom line is this: there’s one form of hearing loss you can recover from, and you may need to get examined to see which one you’re dealing with.
Hearing Loss Treatment
So presently there’s no “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss (though scientists are working on it). But your hearing loss still may be manageable. Here are some ways that the proper treatment might help you:
- Maintain a high quality of life.
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
- Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Prevent mental decline.
- Remain engaged socially, keeping isolation at bay.
This treatment can take numerous forms, and it’ll normally depend on how severe your hearing loss is. One of the most common treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Managed With Hearing AIds?
You can get back to the people and things you love with the assistance of hearing aids. They can help you hear the discussions, your phone, your tv, or even just the birds in the park. You will no longer be straining to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.
The Best Protection is Prevention
Loud sounds and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be protected against them. Hearing well is critical to your overall health and well-being. Regular hearing care, like annual hearing tests, is just another type of self-care.