Will My Hearing Ever Come Back?

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

The Recovery Capability of Your Body

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

When Is Hearing Loss Permanent?

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

  • Blockage based hearing loss: You can experience all the signs of hearing loss when there is something blocking your ear canal. This obstruction can be caused by a wide range of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. The good news is that once the obstruction is cleared your hearing usually returns to normal.
  • Loss of hearing caused by damage: But there’s another, more prevalent kind of hearing loss that accounts for about 90 percent of hearing loss. Known technically as sensorineural hearing loss, this kind of hearing loss is usually permanent. Here’s what takes place: there are little hairs in your ear that move when hit with moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But your hearing can, over time, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant can help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, specifically extreme cases.

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

Treatment of Hearing Loss

So presently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your loss of hearing. The following are some ways that getting the appropriate treatment can help you:

  • Stop mental decline.
  • Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation at bay.
  • Protect and preserve the hearing you still have.
  • Make sure your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.

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

How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids

People who have hearing loss can use hearing aids to detect sounds and perform as efficiently as they can. Fatigue is the result when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hampered. Over time the lack of sensory input has been associated with a greater risk of cognitive decline. By letting your ears to hear again, hearing aids assist the restoration of cognitive performance. In fact, it has been demonstrated that using hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be drowned out by modern hearing aids allowing you to focus on what you want to hear.

Prevention is The Best Defense

Hopefully, if you take one thing away from this knowledge, it this: you should protect the hearing you have because you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, if you have something stuck in your ear canal, you can probably have it cleared. But that doesn’t decrease the danger from loud sounds, noises you may not even think are loud enough to be all that dangerous. That’s why taking the time to protect your ears is a smart plan. If you are inevitably diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have more treatment options if you take steps now to protect your hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t a possibility. Contact a hearing care expert to decide what your best option is.

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