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The human body has some amazing and remarkable abilities. Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are typically no problem for the human body to mend (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can actually repair the giant bones in your arms and legs with little more than some time and a splint).

But you won’t be so fortunate if the tiny hairs in your ears are compromised. For now anyway.

It’s really regrettable that your body can accomplish such great feats of healing but can’t ever re-grow these tiny hairs. What’s happening there?

When is Hearing Loss Permanent?

So, let’s get right down to it. You’re at your doctor’s office attempting to digest the news he’s giving you: you’re losing your hearing. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever return. And he tells you that it may or may not.

Dramatically speaking, it’s a bit anticlimactic.

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

  • Obstruction induced hearing loss: You can exhibit every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some kind of obstruction. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this blockage. Fortunately, once the obstruction is cleared, your hearing often returns to normal.
  • Damage induced hearing loss: But there’s another, more prevalent form of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, known as sensorineural hearing loss, is permanent. This is how it works: there are fragile hairs in your ear that vibrate when struck by moving air (sound waves). When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are transmitted to the brain which makes them into the sounds you perceive. But over time, loud noises can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is needed.

So here’s the main point: there’s one type of hearing loss you can recuperate from, and you may need to get tested to see which one you’re dealing with.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Scientists haven’t found a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still might be treatable. Here are a few ways that the correct treatment might help you:

  • Help fend off mental decline.
  • Prevent isolation by remaining socially involved.
  • Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
  • Maintain and safeguard the hearing you have left.
  • Ensure your overall quality of life is unaffected or stays high.

This treatment can take many forms, and it’ll usually depend on how severe your hearing loss is. Hearing aids are one of the simplest and most common treatment choices.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Practical Treatment For Hearing Impairment?

Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you love. With the help of hearing aids, you can begin to hear conversations, your television, your phone, and sounds of nature once again. You won’t be straining to hear so pressure will be removed from your brain.

Prevention is The Best Protection

Loud sounds 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 general health and well-being. Having routine hearing exams is the best way to be certain that you are protecting your hearing.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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