Asian woman drinking coffee and straining to hear the birds outside.

The human body is a wonderful, beautiful, perplexing, confounding construction, isn’t it? Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are normally no problem for the human body to mend (with a bit of time, your body can restore the huge bones in your arms and legs).

But when it comes to restoring the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. For now anyway.

It’s truly regrettable that your body can accomplish such great feats of healing but can’t regenerate these little hairs. So what’s the deal?

When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?

So let’s have a closer look. You’re at your doctor’s office trying to process the news he’s giving you: you’re losing your hearing. So the first question you have is whether the hearing will ever come back. And he informs you that it might or it might not.

It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.

But he isn’t wrong. Hearing loss comes in two general forms:

  • Hearing impairment caused by an obstruction: You can exhibit every sign of hearing loss when your ear has some type of obstruction. A wide range of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. Fortunately, once the blockage is removed, your hearing usually returns to normal.
  • Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more prevalent form of hearing loss. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. Here’s what happens: inside of your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when struck by sound waves. When vibrations are converted into signals, they are sent to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But loud sounds can cause harm to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.

So the bottom line is this: 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 your hearing loss still might be manageable. As a matter of fact, getting the proper treatment for your hearing loss may help you:

  • Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
  • Avoid isolation by remaining socially involved.
  • Counter mental decline.
  • Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
  • Preserve a high quality of life.

Of the many types of treatment available, which one is correct for you depends on the seriousness of your hearing loss. Hearing aids are one of the simplest and most prevalent treatment options.

Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Managed With Hearing AIds?

Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you enjoy. They can help you hear the conversation, your phone, your television, or even just the sounds of nature. Hearing aids can also take some of the pressure off of your brain because you won’t be struggling 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 critical to your overall health and well-being. Having regular hearing exams is the best way to be certain that you are protecting your hearing.

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