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

The Recovery Ability of Your Body

The human body usually can heal scrapes, cuts, and broken bones, even though some injuries take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ears. So far, at least. Animals are able to heal damage to the cilia in their ears and recover their hearing, but humans don’t have that ability (even though scientists are working on it). That means you might have irreversible loss of hearing if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Hearing Loss Irreversible?

When you find out you have loss of hearing, the first thing that most people think is will I get it back? Whether it will or not depends on a number of factors. Basically, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Obstruction based hearing loss: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can show all the signs of hearing loss. This obstruction can be caused by a wide variety of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. What’s promising is that after the blockage is cleared your hearing often goes back to normal.
  • Damage based hearing loss: But there’s another, more widespread kind of hearing loss that makes up about 90 percent of hearing loss. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is usually irreversible. Here’s what occurs: there are little 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 can hear. But your hearing can, as time passes, be permanently harmed by loud noises. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by injury to the nerve or to the inner ear. A cochlear implant could help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, particularly severe cases.

Whether hearing aids will help improve 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 that’s not to say you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. actually, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss can help you:

  • Prevent mental decline.
  • Cope successfully with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation away.
  • Guarantee your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Protect and preserve the hearing you have left.

Depending on how severe your loss of hearing is, this treatment can have many kinds. One of the simplest treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.

How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids

Hearing aids help the ear with hearing loss to pick up sounds and perform the best they can. When your hearing is hindered, the brain struggles to hear, which can exhaust you. Over time the lack of sensory input has been associated with an increased danger of mental decay. By letting your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental performance. In fact, it has been demonstrated that wearing hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be drowned out by modern hearing aids allowing you to concentrate on what you want to hear.

Prevention is The Best Defense

If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should concentrate on protecting the hearing you have. Sure, if you have something blocking your ear canal, more than likely you can have it cleared. But that doesn’t decrease the risk from loud sounds, noises you may not even think are loud enough to really be all that dangerous. That’s the reason why taking the time to safeguard your ears is a good plan. If you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing, you will have more treatment options if you take measures now to protect your hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. To find out what your best option is, schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist.