Focus Hearing - Overland Park, KS

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The human body is an awesome, beautiful, confusing, confounding construction, isn’t it? Scrapes, cuts, and broken bones are typically no problem for the human body to heal (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can literally mend the giant bones in your legs and arms with little more than a splint and some time).

But when it comes to repairing the delicate little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far.

It’s truly unfortunate that your body can accomplish such fantastic feats of healing but can’t restore these little hairs. So what’s the deal?

When is Hearing Loss Irreversible?

So let’s have a closer look. You’re at your doctor’s office trying to process the news he’s giving you: you’re losing your hearing. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And he informs you that it might or it might not.

It’s a bit anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.

But it’s also the truth. Hearing loss comes in two general forms:

  • Damage induced hearing loss: But hearing loss has another more common type. This form of hearing loss, called 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). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud noises can cause harm to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.
  • Obstruction induced hearing loss: You can show every sign of hearing loss when your ear has some sort of obstruction. This blockage can be caused by a wide variety of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright scary (tumors). Your hearing will return to normal, luckily, when the obstruction is removed.

So the bottom line is this: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you probably won’t know which one you have without getting a hearing exam.

Treating Hearing Loss

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 some ways that the right treatment may help you:

  • Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
  • Reduce mental decline.
  • Remain active socially, keeping isolation away.
  • Maintain a high quality of life.
  • Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.

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

Why is Hearing Loss Effectively Managed With Hearing AIds?

You can return to the things and people you love with the help of hearing aids. They can help you hear the discussions, the phone, your television, or even just the sounds of nature. You won’t be struggling to hear so pressure will be removed from your brain.

The Best Protection is Prevention

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

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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.