Hearing loss can be a frustrating and debilitating condition, affecting the daily lives of many people across the world. It can affect people of any age or gender, and can be caused by several different factors, including birth defects, medications and exposure to loud noises.
Hearing loss is often considered to be permanent, but some types of hearing loss may be treated or even reversed. If your hearing loss is not treatable, you may achieve a good hearing experience with digital hearing aids, some of which are so tiny that they cannot be seen by other people.
Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?
Whether or not your hearing loss can be cured will depend upon how it was caused and the way it manifests. You may find that you can be treated if:
- You have a blockage in your ear. One or both ears may become blocked, causing a conductive hearing loss that is usually treatable by a hearing specialist. An earwax blockage, for example, can be treated with a simple earwax removal procedure that is available for free at Hidden Hearing clinics.
- You have a medical condition. An ear infection, or a tumour, can affect your hearing and even cause deafness. Treatment that cures an infection or surgery to remove a tumour will often solve the problem and restore hearing to normal levels. This is why it is important to consult your doctor if you experience sudden or unusual hearing loss, or hearing loss that only affects one ear.
- You have taken ototoxic medication. Many prescription medicines carry the risk of damage to the hearing organs. Some of the chemicals within these medications cause damage to the hair cells within the inner ear, which are a vital part of the hearing process. It has long been believed that this damage is permanent, but new research suggests that it may be possible to encourage these hair cells to re-grow with new medication.
If you have noticed your hearing deteriorating, you should seek help from a specialist audiologist as soon as possible. He or she will take a history from you and establish whether your hearing loss may be due to a blockage in the ear or damage to the ear itself, and will work with you to find the best solution for you and your lifestyle.
Book A Free Hearing Check-Up at Hidden Hearing
Seeking help for hearing loss may be daunting, but untreated hearing loss can lead to many other problems, such as depression, dementia and isolation. Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.