The human body is an awesome, breathtaking, perplexing, confounding piece of work, isn’t it? The human body typically has no problem repairing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can actually mend the huge bones in your arms and legs with little more than a splint and some time).
But when it comes to repairing the fragile little hairs in your ear, it’s not going to happen. At least, so far.
It doesn’t seem quite fair when you can recover from considerable bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Impairment Permanent?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re at your doctor’s office trying 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 the answer is… it depends.
Dramatically speaking, it’s a bit anticlimactic.
But it’s also a fact. There are two basic kinds of hearing loss:
- Hearing impairment caused by a blockage: You can exhibit every sign of hearing loss when your ear has some sort of blockage. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this blockage. Fortunately, once the obstruction is cleared, your hearing usually goes back to normal.
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But hearing loss has another more prevalent form. This form of hearing loss, known as sensorineural hearing loss, is permanent. This is how it works: In your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when moved by sound waves. Your brain is good at turning these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is needed.
So the bottom line is this: there’s one form of hearing loss you can recuperate from, and you may need to get examined to see which one you have.
Treating Hearing Loss
Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. In fact, getting the correct treatment for your hearing loss may help you:
- Prevent isolation by staying socially involved.
- Counter mental decline.
- Make sure your general quality of life is untouched or stays high.
- Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
This treatment can take various forms, and it’ll normally depend on how significant your hearing loss is. One of the most common treatments is rather simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Effectively Managed With Hearing AIds?
You can get back to the people and things you love with the help of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can begin to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once more. Hearing aids can also take some of the pressure off of your brain because you will no longer be straining to hear.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you need to protect your hearing from loud sounds and other things that can harm your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Your overall health and well being depend on good hearing. Having routine hearing exams is the best way to be sure that you are safeguarding your hearing.