The human body is a wonderful, beautiful, confusing, confounding construction, isn’t it? Scrapes, cuts, and broken bones are typically no problem for the human body to heal (I mean, sure, it takes a while, but your body can actually repair the giant bones in your arms and legs with little more than a splint and some time).

But you won’t be so fortunate if the delicate hairs in your ears are damaged. At least, so far.

It’s really regrettable that your body can pull off such fantastic feats of healing but can’t ever re-grow these little hairs. So what’s the deal?

When is Hearing Loss Irreversible?

So let’s have a closer look. You’re at your doctor’s office attempting to digest the news he’s giving you: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And the answer is… it depends.

It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.

But he’s not wrong. Hearing loss comes in two general forms:

  • Blockage induced hearing loss: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can present all the signs of hearing loss. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this blockage. Your hearing will return to normal, thankfully, when the obstruction is cleared away.
  • Hearing loss caused by damage: But hearing loss has another more prevalent form. This kind of hearing loss, called sensorineural hearing loss, is permanent. This is how it works: there are delicate hairs in your ear that vibrate when struck by moving air (sound waves). When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are sent to the brain which makes them into the sounds you perceive. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is required.

So here’s the main point: you can recover from one form of hearing loss and you most likely won’t know which one you have without getting a hearing test.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But that’s not to say you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. Here are a few ways that the right treatment might help you:

  • Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
  • Maintain a high quality of life.
  • Avoid isolation by staying socially involved.
  • Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you might already have.
  • Prevent cognitive decline.

Of the many types of treatment available, which one is the right choice for you depends on the seriousness of your hearing loss. Hearing aids are one of the easiest and most prevalent treatment choices.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment For Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you love. They can help you hear the conversation, the phone, your television, or even just the sounds of nature. Hearing aids can also remove some of the pressure from your brain because you won’t be straining to hear.

The Best Protection is Prevention

Loud noises and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be safeguarded against them. Hearing well is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Regular hearing care, like annual hearing exams, is just another form of self-care.

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