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

The Recovery Capability of Your Body

While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body generally has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. So far, at least. Even though scientists are working on it, humans can’t repair the cilia in their ears in the same way animals can. What that means is, if you ruin these hairs or the hearing nerve, you may have irreversible loss of hearing.

When Is Loss of Hearing Permanent?

When you find out you have hearing loss, the first thing that most people ask is will it come back? And the answer is, it depends. There are two fundamental types of loss of hearing:

  • Blockage based loss of hearing: You can exhibit all the signs of hearing loss when there is something blocking your ear canal. This blockage can be caused by a wide range of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. Your hearing usually returns to normal once the obstruction is cleared, and that’s the good news.
  • Damage based hearing loss: But around 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more prevalent cause. Known technically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is often permanent. Here’s how it works: there are tiny hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, as time passes, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be from injury to the nerve or to the inner ear. In some cases, specifically in instances of extreme loss of hearing, a cochlear implant might help improve hearing.

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

Hearing Loss Treatment

Sensorineural hearing loss presently has no cure. But it might be possible to get treatment for your hearing loss. As a matter of fact, getting the right treatment for your loss of hearing can help you:

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

This approach can have many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how severe your loss of hearing is. One of the most common treatment options is pretty simple: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?

People who have hearing loss can use hearing aids to detect sounds and perform as efficiently as possible. Fatigue is the result when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist acquire more knowledge, they have identified an increased risk of cognitive decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. Your cognitive function can begin to be restored by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. As a matter of fact, using hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be tuned out by modern hearing aids allowing you to concentrate on what you want to hear.

The Best Defense Is Prevention

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 focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Certainly, you can have any blockages in your ear removed. But that doesn’t mitigate the threat from loud sounds, noises you may not even consider to be loud enough to be all that dangerous. That’s why it’s a good idea to take the time to safeguard your ears. The better you safeguard your hearing today, the more treatment options you’ll have if and when you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. To find out what your best option is, make an appointment with a hearing care specialist.