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The Healing Ability of Your Body

The human body commonly can heal scrapes, cuts, and broken bones, even though some injuries 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. Though scientists are working on it, humans can’t repair the cilia in their ears in the same way animals can. That means you could have irreversible loss of hearing if you damage the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Hearing Loss Permanent?

When you learn you have hearing loss, the first thing that most people think is will it come back? Whether it will or not depends on many things. Basically, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Blockage based loss of hearing: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the symptoms of hearing loss. This blockage can be caused by a wide variety of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. The good news is that once the obstruction is cleared your hearing usually returns to normal.
  • Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more widespread kind of hearing loss that makes up about 90 percent of hearing loss. This type of hearing loss, which is usually permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s what occurs: there are tiny hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, as time passes, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. In some cases, especially in instances of extreme loss of hearing, a cochlear implant may help return hearing.

A hearing exam will help you determine whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing.

Hearing Loss Treatment

So currently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. As a matter of fact, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss can help you:

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

This approach can take many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how extreme your hearing loss is. One of the simplest treatments is also one of the most common: 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 caused when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hindered. As scientist acquire more knowledge, they have recognized an increased danger of cognitive decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. Your cognitive function can start to be recovered by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. In fact, using hearing aids has been shown to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Contemporary hearing aids can also allow you to concentrate on what you want to hear, and tune out background noises.

Prevention is The Best Defense

Hopefully, if you get one thing from this information, it this: you should safeguard the hearing you have because you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, if you have something blocking your ear canal, you can probably have it extracted. But many loud noises are harmful even though you might not think they are that loud. That’s the reason why making the effort to protect your ears is a smart idea. If you are inevitably diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have more treatment options if you take steps today to protect your hearing. Recovery likely won’t be an option but treatment can help you keep living a great, full life. Contact a hearing care professional to decide what your best option is.