Some hearing loss can be improved.
Not reversed, necessarily, and it’s only a very specific type of hearing loss – but there really are some cases of hearing loss that can be improved.
The caveat here is that your ears can be improved with medical intervention. It’s not something you can exercise, or work on without help.
There are two kinds of hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss can sometimes be improved.
This type of hearing loss is caused by ear infections, allergies, otosclerosis (affects the bones of your inner ear) or cholesteatoma (a cyst in your inner ear).
All of these are medical issues that a physician can address, and potentially fix. Once the problems are fixed, hearing can be restored, or at very least, improve.
The most common type is Sensorineural hearing loss.
Unfortunately this type, as of now, is irreversible. The loss of hearing is caused by external forces – noise level, age, disease, medications – there are many reasons for it.
The loss of hearing in this case is damage to these tiny sensory hairs that are present in the cochlea. When they become damaged, they cannot be repaired, replaced or regrown.
The best way to keep your hearing is to take steps NOW.
Here are a few ways you can protect your hearing before you lose it.
- Protect yourself
We cannot stress this enough. Wear protection if you are going to be in a situation that you are around sustained loud noise. If you are interested, you can have tailor-made ear molds.
- Eat nutritiously.
There is research that shows if you are deficient in vitamins and nutrients, your hearing can suffer. Eat right!
Someday, maybe, there will be medical interventions that can repair cochlear damage.
For now, there isn’t. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other such devices are simply band-aids. They fix the problem while they are being worn, but they don’t change the actual problem.
The only way to keep your hearing is to take care of it.
If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, let us help.
Give us a call. Make an appointment. Change your life.