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

The Recovery Capability of Your Body

The human body generally can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, although some wounds take longer than others. 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 don’t heal the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means you might have irreversible hearing loss if you damage the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Loss of Hearing Permanent?

When you learn you have loss of hearing, the first thing that most people ask is will it come back? And the answer is, it depends. Basically, there are two types of hearing loss:

  • Damage based hearing loss: But about 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more prevalent cause. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this kind of hearing loss is often permanent. This is how it works: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears vibrate. These vibrations are then turned, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But loud noises can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Injury to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant can help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, specifically extreme cases.
  • Hearing loss caused by a blockage: You can show all the signs of hearing loss when there is something blocking your ear canal. This blockage can be caused by a wide variety of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. Your hearing usually returns to normal once the obstruction is cleared, and that’s the good news.

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

Treatment of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t find treatment for your loss of hearing. actually, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss can help you:

  • Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
  • Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
  • Guarantee your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Stop mental decline.
  • Stay engaged socially, keeping isolation away.

Based on how severe your hearing loss is, this procedure can have many kinds. One of the most common treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.

How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids

Hearing aids help the ear with hearing loss to hear sounds and function the best they can. When your hearing is hindered, the brain struggles to hear, which can fatigue you. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been linked to an increased chance of mental decline. Your mental function can begin to be recovered by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. In fact, wearing hearing aids has been shown to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Modern hearing aids will also help you focus on what you want to hear, and tune out background sounds.

Prevention is The Best Defense

If you take away one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Sure, if you get something stuck in your ear canal, more than likely you can have it removed. But that doesn’t mitigate the risk from loud sounds, noises you might not even think are loud enough to really be all that harmful. That’s why it’s a good idea to take the time to safeguard your ears. The better you protect your hearing now, the more treatment options you’ll have if and when you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to decide what your best option is.

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