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

The Healing Capability of Your Body

While some injuries take longer to heal than others, the human body normally has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But you’re out of luck when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Even though scientists are working on it, humans can’t repair the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means you may have permanent hearing loss if you damage the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Hearing Loss Permanent?

The first thing you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will it come back? And the answer is, it depends. Fundamentally, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more prevalent kind of hearing loss that accounts for nearly 90 percent of hearing loss. Known technically as sensorineural hearing loss, this kind of hearing loss is usually irreversible. Here’s what takes place: there are tiny hairs in your ear that move when hit by moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, over time, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be from damage to the nerve or to the inner ear. In some cases, especially in cases of extreme loss of hearing, a cochlear implant may help return hearing.
  • Obstruction based loss of hearing: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can exhibit all the signs of hearing loss. Debris, earwax, and tumors are just a few of the things that can cause a blockage. Your hearing usually returns to normal after the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.

A hearing test can help you figure out whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing.

Hearing Loss Treatment

So presently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But it may be possible to get treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the correct treatment can help you:

  • Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
  • Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
  • Prevent cognitive decline.
  • Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
  • Ensure your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.

Depending on how extreme your hearing loss is, this procedure can have many forms. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment for Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to hear sounds and function the best they can. Fatigue is caused when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hindered. Over time the lack of sensory input has been linked to a greater chance of cognitive decay. By allowing your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental performance. In fact, it has been shown that wearing hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Modern hearing aids can also help you concentrate on what you want to hear, and drown out background sounds.

Prevention is The Best Protection

If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing, so instead you should concentrate on protecting the hearing you’ve got. Certainly, you can have any obstruction in your ear removed. But that doesn’t decrease the danger from loud noises, noises you may not even think are loud enough to really be all that harmful. That’s why making the effort to safeguard your ears is a smart plan. The better you protect your hearing now, the more treatment possibilities you’ll have if and when you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing. Recovery likely won’t be a possibility but treatment can help you keep living a great, full life. Contact a hearing care expert to decide what your best option is.