Hearing loss is an issue that is often far more common than a lot of people realize. It’s something that impacts millions of people all over the world with somewhere in the region of 15% of all adults experiencing hearing loss to one degree or another. Hearing loss can be something that has a direct impact on your overall quality of life, from making it harder to communicate with those around you to resulting in the increased risk of things like accidents while driving.
Because of that, a lot of people find themselves asking one question: can hearing loss be reversed. While this might, at first glance, seem like a rather simple yes or no question, the reality is that it’s actually a whole lot more complicated than a lot of people realize. The answer to that question will often depend on a whole lot of factors from the kind of hearing loss you’re experiencing to the reasons that you’re experiencing hearing loss in the first place. In this article, we will discuss the different kinds of hearing loss, the potential causes of hearing loss, and which situations can allow for it to be reversed.
Types of hearing loss
Sustained hearing loss is typically divided into three categories:
- Sensorineural hearing loss
- Conductive hearing loss
- Mixed hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and is generally triggered by damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve. This can often make treatment for these things quite complex. A lot of the time this kind of hearing loss are a result of outside factors like loud noises but it can also be impacted by factors like ageing and even certain genetic factors.
Conductive hearing loss is caused by issues in the middle or outer ear. These can include things like blockages like earwax, pus and other natural substances. It can also be the result of bone abnormalities and even damage to the eardrum. The middle and outer ears are less complex than the inner ear which often means that there are far more common and simple treatment options available you.
Mixed hearing loss is, as you might expect when you find that your ability to hear is a result of a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Causes of hearing loss
The reality of hearing loss is that there are as many different causes as there are people who experience it. However, there are certain factors and causes that are more common. The most common cause of hearing loss is ageing. It is thought that a person loses around 10% of their ability to hear for every 20 years that they age. However, there are many people to experience age-related hearing loss at a much faster rate. Environmental factors are also a major factor in hearing loss. Things like loud noises, injuries to your ears and even certain medications can end up impacting your ability to hear. For many people, the reason is actually a combination of these factors.
When can hearing loss be reversed?
Whether or not hearing loss can be reversed will often depend on the type of hearing loss and the cause. Conductive hearing loss has a much higher probability of being reversed, not only because the middle and outer ears are less complex than the inner ear but also because the causes of it are more typically reversible. Sometimes it is as simple as removing a blockage to the ear.
Sensorineural hearing loss is often a lot more difficult to reverse and some varieties of sensorineural hearing loss are going to be permanent and irreversible. Again, this will often depend on your personal circumstances and the root cause of whatever kind of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
Even if you are experiencing a form of hearing loss that cannot be reversed, it is important that you remember that this does not mean that there aren’t treatment options available to you. For one thing, many treatments are essential in making sure that your hearing loss does not become even more significant over time.
Not only that but things like hearing aids and other hearing instruments can help to massively improve your quality of life even if there aren’t any direct treatment options for any hearing loss that you may be experiencing. No matter what kind of hearing loss you experience, there are always options available to you. To learn more about these options get in touch with Sandia Hearing Aids at 505-715-4387.