The human body has some amazing and remarkable abilities. Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are generally no problem for the human body to mend (I mean, sure, it takes a while, but your body can actually mend the huge bones in your legs and arms with little more than a splint and some time).

But you won’t be so fortunate if the tiny hairs in your ears are compromised. For now anyway.

It doesn’t seem exactly fair when you can recover from major bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?

When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?

So, let’s get right down to it. You’re at your doctor’s office trying to digest the news he’s giving you: you have hearing loss. So the first question you have is whether the hearing will ever come back. And the answer is… maybe.

Dramatically speaking, it’s a bit anticlimactic.

But it’s also a fact. There are two primary forms of hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss due to damage: But there’s another, more prevalent type of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, known as sensorineural hearing loss, is irreversible. Here’s what happens: In your ear, there are tiny hairs that vibrate when struck by sound waves. When vibrations are converted into signals, they are transmitted to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is needed.
  • Blockage induced hearing loss: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can exhibit all the indications of hearing loss. This obstruction can be caused by a wide range of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright scary (tumors). The good news is that once the blockage is removed, your hearing usually returns to normal.

So here’s the main point: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you probably won’t know which one you have without getting a hearing exam.

Treating Hearing Loss

Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still may be treatable. Here are a few ways that the right treatment may help you:

  • Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
  • Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you might already have.
  • Help fend off cognitive decline.
  • Ensure your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Remain active socially, keeping isolation at bay.

This treatment can take numerous forms, and it’ll normally depend on how significant your hearing loss is. One of the most common treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.

Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Managed With Hearing AIds?

Hearing aids can help you get back to the people and things you love. They can help you hear the conversation, the phone, your tv, or even just the birds in the park. 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 should protect your hearing from loud sounds and other things that can damage your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Hearing well is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Routine hearing care, such as annual hearing exams, is just another kind of self-care.

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