The human body is a wonderful, beautiful, confusing, confounding piece of work, isn’t it? The human body usually has no issue repairing cuts, scratches, or broken bones (with a bit of time, your body can heal the giant bones in your legs and arms).
But when it comes to restoring the fragile little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far.
It doesn’t seem exactly fair when you can recover from major bone injuries but you can’t heal tiny hairs in your ear. What’s happening there?
When is Hearing Impairment Permanent?
So let’s have a closer look. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re absorbing the news: you’re losing your hearing. So the first question you have is whether the hearing will ever come back. And the answer is… it depends.
It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But he’s not wrong. There are two primary types of hearing loss:
- Hearing loss due to damage: But there’s another, more common form of hearing loss. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. This is how it works: there are little hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are sent to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is required.
- Hearing loss caused by a blockage: You can exhibit every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some type of obstruction. A wide range of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this blockage. Your hearing will go back to normal, thankfully, when the blockage is cleared away.
So the bottom line is this: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you probably won’t know which one you’re coping with without having a hearing exam.
Treating Hearing Loss
Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But that’s not to say you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. Here are a few ways that the correct treatment might help you:
- Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
- Help fend off mental decline.
- Stay engaged socially, keeping isolation at bay.
- Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Make sure your general quality of life is untouched or remains high.
This treatment can take numerous forms, and it’ll usually depend on how significant your hearing loss is. Hearing aids are one of the easiest and most common treatment options.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Smart Treatment For Hearing Impairment?
You can return to the things and people you enjoy 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 won’t be straining to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.
The Best Protection is Prevention
Loud noises and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be safeguarded against them. Hearing well is essential to your general health and well-being. Regular hearing care, such as annual hearing exams, is just another kind of self-care.