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

The Healing Capability of Your Body

The human body generally can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, although some injuries take longer than others. But when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far. Even though scientists are working on it, humans don’t repair the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means you could have permanent loss of hearing if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Loss of Hearing Permanent?

The first thing you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will it come back? And the response is, it depends. Fundamentally, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Obstruction based hearing loss: You can exhibit all the symptoms of hearing loss when there is something obstructing your ear canal. This blockage can be caused by a wide variety of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. The good news is that once the blockage is cleared your hearing usually returns to normal.
  • Loss of hearing caused by damage: But around 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more common cause. This kind of hearing loss, which is often permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. This is how it works: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears vibrate. Your brain is good at turning these vibrations into the sounds you can hear. But loud sounds 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 improve hearing in some cases of hearing loss, especially severe cases.

A hearing examination will help you figure out whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

So currently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s not to say you can’t get treatment for your loss of hearing. In fact, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss can help you:

  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation away.
  • Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
  • Prevent cognitive decline.
  • Protect and preserve the hearing you still have.
  • Make sure your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.

Based on how serious your hearing loss is, this treatment can take on many forms. One of the simplest treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids assist 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. As scientist acquire more knowledge, they have identified an increased chance of cognitive decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. Your cognitive function can start to be restored by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. as a matter of fact, it has been shown that using hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be drowned out by modern hearing aids letting you focus on what you want to hear.

The Best Protection Is Prevention

Hopefully, if you get one thing from this information, it this: you should safeguard the hearing you’ve got because you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss. Sure, if you have something stuck in your ear canal, more than likely you can have it extracted. But lots of loud noises are hazardous even though you may not think they are that loud. That’s why it’s a good idea to take the time to protect your ears. The better you protect your hearing today, the more treatment possibilities 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. To determine what your best option is, make an appointment with a hearing care specialist.

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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