Being able to hear is something that many of us take for granted. However, what happens when you begin to lose your hearing, and can you repair hearing loss?

Types of Hearing Loss

There are 3 main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common and is permanent loss. The cause is damage to cilia and/or the auditory nerve. Cilia are tiny hairlike cells that are in your inner ear.

Conductive hearing loss is caused by damage or obstruction to the outer or middle ear. The damage or obstruction inhibits sound from reaching the inner ear. Examples of this include an impaction of wax or maybe another object being stuck in the ear. This form of hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. Mixed hearing loss is exactly what it sounds like, a mixture of sensorineural and conductive.

Can I Repair It?

Is it possible to repair hearing loss? Well, it depends. Once your auditory nerve and cilia are damaged, they cannot be repaired. This does not mean you will have complete hearing loss, although it is possible your loss will not be reversible. It is possible to successfully treat the issue with hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Conductive hearing loss is usually reversible, however not everyone is able to fully regain their hearing loss. Hearing can typically fully recover after removing whatever may be causing blockages in the ear. An ENT can assist you in removal of ear blockages, from wax build ups to growths.

When struggling with Ear related issues, seeing an otolaryngologist (or ENT) is the best move. They are specialists that focus on the ear, nose, and throat areas. Dr. Joseph Russell at National Allergy & ENT can assist you in finding the root of your problem and providing a treatment plan that will work best for your needs. To schedule an appointment please call our office at (843) 576-3302 or request an appointment online.

 

Source: Healthline