Audiology Ear Care - New Brighton, MN

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

The Recovery Ability of Your Body

The human body typically can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, although some injuries take longer than others. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. So far, at least. Animals are able to heal damage to the cilia in their ears and recover their hearing, but humans don’t possess that ability (although scientists are working on it). That means you may have permanent loss of hearing if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

At What Point Does Loss of Hearing Become Irreversible?

The first thing you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will I get it back? Whether it will or not depends on many things. There are two basic types of loss of hearing:

  • Loss of hearing caused by damage: But around 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more common cause. This sort of hearing loss, which is often irreversible, 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 changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud noises can damage the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be from damage to the nerve or to the inner ear. In certain cases, especially in cases of severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant might help return hearing.
  • Obstruction based loss of hearing: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can have all the symptoms of hearing loss. Debris, earwax, and tumors are some of the things that can cause a blockage. Your hearing normally returns to normal after the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.

Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be determined by having a hearing examination.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss presently has no cure. But that’s not to say you can’t get treatment for your loss of hearing. As a matter of fact, getting the right treatment for your loss of hearing can help you:

  • Protect and preserve the hearing you still have.
  • Guarantee your general quality of life remains high or is unaffected.
  • Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
  • Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
  • Stop mental decline.

Based on how extreme your loss of hearing is, this treatment can have many forms. One of the most common treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids help the ear with hearing loss to pick up sounds and perform to the best of their ability. When your hearing is hampered, the brain strains to hear, which can exhaust you. As scientist acquire more knowledge, they have recognized a greater risk of mental decline with a continued lack of cognitive input. Your cognitive function can begin to be recovered by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. as a matter of fact, it has been shown that wearing hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be tuned out by modern hearing aids letting you focus on what you want to hear.

The Best Defense Is Prevention

Hopefully, if you get one thing from this knowledge, it this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Sure, if you get something blocking your ear canal, more than likely you can have it removed. But that doesn’t decrease the threat from loud sounds, noises you might not even consider to be loud enough to really be all that dangerous. That’s why making the effort to protect your ears is a good idea. The better you protect your hearing now, the more treatment options you’ll have when and if 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, schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist.

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