Woman with hearing loss wondering if her hearing will come back on its own.

The Recovery Ability of Your Body

While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body usually has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far. Although scientists are working on it, humans can’t heal the cilia in their ears in the same way animals can. What that means is, if you damage these hairs or the hearing nerve, you could have irreversible hearing loss.

At What Point Does Hearing Loss Become Irreversible?

The first question you think of when you learn you have loss of hearing is, will it come back? And the response is, it depends. There are two basic kinds of hearing loss:

  • Obstruction based loss of hearing: You can show all the symptoms of hearing loss when there is something obstructing your ear canal. Debris, earwax, and tumors are some of the things that can cause a blockage. Your hearing generally returns to normal after the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.
  • Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more widespread kind of hearing loss that accounts for nearly 90 percent of hearing loss. This type of hearing loss, which is usually permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s how it works: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears move. Your brain is good at turning these vibrations into the sounds you can hear. But loud sounds can damage the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be from injury to the nerve or to the inner ear. A cochlear implant could help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, especially extreme cases.

Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be determined by having a hearing test.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

So presently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But it may be possible to get treatment for your loss of hearing. As a matter of fact, getting the correct treatment for your loss of hearing can help you:

  • Protect and preserve the hearing you still have.
  • Ensure your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Stop mental decline.
  • Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be suffering from.
  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation at bay.

This approach can take many forms, and it’ll usually depend on how extreme your loss of hearing is. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.

How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids

People who have loss of hearing can use hearing aids to detect sounds and work as effectively as possible. Fatigue is the result when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist acquire more insights, they have recognized an increased risk of cognitive decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. By letting your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental function. As a matter of fact, using hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Contemporary hearing aids will also help you concentrate on what you want to hear, and tune out background sounds.

Prevention is The Best Protection

If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing, so instead you should concentrate on protecting the hearing you’ve got. Sure, if you have something blocking your ear canal, more than likely you can have it cleared. But many loud noises are harmful even though you might not think they are very loud. That’s why taking the time to safeguard your ears is a good idea. The better you safeguard your hearing today, the more treatment options you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t a possibility. To determine what your best option is, schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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