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The human body is an awesome, beautiful, perplexing, confounding piece of work, isn’t it? Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are generally no problem for the human body to mend (with a little time, your body can heal the giant bones in your legs and arms).

But you won’t be so lucky if the fragile hairs in your ears are compromised. At least, so far.

It’s really unfortunate that your body can pull off such amazing feats of healing but can’t regenerate these tiny hairs. What’s going on there?

When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?

So let’s take a closer look. You’re at your doctor’s office attempting to digest the news he’s giving you: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever return. And he informs you that it might or it might not.

It’s a bit anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.

But he’s not wrong. There are two general forms of hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss caused by an obstruction: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the symptoms of hearing loss. This blockage can be caused by a number of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright frightening (tumors). The good news is that once the obstruction is removed, your hearing often goes back to normal.
  • Damage induced hearing loss: But there’s another, more common form of hearing loss. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. Here’s what happens: there are little hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). When vibrations are converted into signals, they are sent to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But loud noises can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, diminish your hearing to the point where you require treatment.

So here’s the main point: you can recover from one form of hearing loss and you most likely won’t know which one you have without having 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 treatable. Here are a few ways that the right treatment might help you:

  • Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.
  • Preserve a high quality of life.
  • Stay active socially, keeping isolation at bay.
  • Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
  • Help stave off cognitive decline.

This treatment can take various forms, and it’ll normally depend on how significant your hearing loss is. Hearing aids are one of the easiest and most common treatment choices.

Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Managed With Hearing AIds?

Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you love. They can help you hear the discussions, your phone, your television, or even just the sounds of nature. You will no longer be struggling to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.

Prevention is The Best Protection

Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you need to protect your hearing from loud noises and other things that can harm your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Hearing well is critical to your overall health and well-being. Routine hearing care, such as annual hearing exams, is just another kind of self-care.

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