Asian woman drinking coffee and straining to hear the birds outside.

The human body is a wonderful, breathtaking, confusing, confounding construction, isn’t it? Scrapes, cuts, and broken bones are generally no problem for the human body to mend (I mean, sure, it takes a while, but your body can literally repair the huge bones in your legs and arms with little more than some time and a splint).

But when it comes to restoring the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far.

It doesn’t seem exactly fair when you can heal from significant bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?

When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?

So, let’s get right to it. You’re at your doctor’s office attempting to process the news he’s giving you: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And he tells you that it may or may not.

It’s a bit anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.

But he isn’t wrong. There are two general kinds of hearing loss:

  • Hearing impairment caused by an obstruction: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can exhibit all the indications of hearing loss. A wide variety 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, luckily, when the blockage is removed.
  • Damage induced hearing loss: But there’s another, more prevalent form of hearing loss. This form of hearing loss, known as sensorineural hearing loss, is irreversible. This is how it works: there are tiny hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud noises can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.

So here’s the main point: you can recover from one form of hearing loss and you probably won’t know which one you’re coping with without having a hearing test.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Scientists haven’t found a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still may be manageable. Here are some ways that the proper treatment may help you:

  • Maintain and safeguard the hearing you have left.
  • Help stave off cognitive decline.
  • Preserve a high quality of life.
  • Stay active socially, keeping isolation away.
  • Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.

Of the many types of treatment available, which one is correct for you depends on the extent of your hearing loss. One of the most prevalent treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Practical Treatment For Hearing Loss?

You can return to the things and people you enjoy with the assistance of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can begin to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once again. You won’t be straining to hear so pressure will be removed from your brain.

Prevention is The Best Protection

Loud noises and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be protected against them. Hearing well is essential to your general health and well-being. Regular hearing care, like annual hearing exams, is just another type of self-care.

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