Can Hearing Be Regained Naturally?

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Can Hearing Be Regained Naturally?

Many of us are guilty of taking our senses for granted, and we don’t realize how wonderful it is to be able to hear until this ability starts to decline. In some cases, it’s not possible to restore hearing without the help of devices like hearing aids, but some instances of hearing loss are temporary. If you have experienced a sudden loss of hearing, your hearing has declined in a short span of time or you have any concerns about your hearing, it’s wise to seek professional advice. 

Can hearing be regained naturally?

Hearing loss is a relatively common problem, especially among older adults. In most cases, gradual hearing loss is linked to the natural aging process. When hearing loss occurs as a result of getting older, it’s not possible to regain hearing naturally, but there are treatments available to improve hearing and prevent further damage. Hearing aids are commonly recommended for people who experience hearing loss

Causes of long-term hearing loss

While aging plays a part in hearing loss, this is not the only cause. Another common cause of long-term damage is prolonged exposure to loud noises. If you’ve worked on a building site or at a concert venue for many years without using ear protection, you might find that your hearing declines long before you reach old age. This is because high levels of noise damage the tiny protective hairs within the ear canal, known as the cilia and the nerve cells, which carry signals to the brain. 

Both aging and exposure to loud noises usually contribute to hearing loss that cannot be regained. Although it may not be possible to restore natural healing capabilities, seeing a hearing instrument specialist can help to improve hearing using hearing aids. 

Temporary hearing loss

Temporary hearing loss can occur for many different reasons, treating the underlying cause will result in the natural restoration of hearing capabilities. Examples of causes of temporary hearing loss include:

  • Excessive wax production and wax buildup: If you’ve got too much earwax in the ear canal, this can prevent sound wave conduction, which hampers the ability to hear clearly and process sounds. 
  • Burst eardrum: Also known as a perforated or ruptured eardrum, a burst eardrum can cause hearing problems for several weeks. The eardrum can be ruptured by bursts of loud noises, changes in pressure or placing objects inside the ear. 
  • Ear infections: Ear infections usually affect the middle ear and they cause fluid to build up within the ear. This can cause swelling and impact hearing. Many people say that sounds become muffled when they have an infection. In most cases, antibiotics can be used to treat ear infections, and hearing should improve once symptoms subside. 
  • Trauma: If you’ve been involved in an accident, this may affect your hearing. Head injuries, specifically blows to the head, can damage the auditory system. 
  • Taking ototoxic medication: Some types of medication have been proven to cause ototoxic effects. This means that they can impact hearing by damaging the ears. 

Protecting your ears

Many cases of temporary hearing loss could be prevented by employing protective measures to shield your ears. It’s particularly beneficial to use ear protection if you work in a noisy environment, or you are subjected or exposed to high levels of noise on a regular basis. If you commute via the subway or you work next to a busy road, you should consider wearing earplugs. It’s also important to keep the volume at a suitable level when listening to music through headphones or on the radio, and to make use of protective equipment provided by your employer. 

When to see a hearing care professional

If you have symptoms of sudden hearing loss, or you’re worried about your hearing, it’s advisable to see a hearing care provider. Even if there is nothing wrong with your hearing, a hearing instrument specialist can provide advice to help you minimize the risk of damaging your ears. If you do have signs of hearing loss, seeking professional advice will enable you to determine a cause and identify whether it’s possible to restore hearing naturally or through treatment. Many temporary causes of hearing loss can be addressed or managed to improve hearing. 

If you have any questions about hearing loss, you’ve noticed that your hearing has declined recently, or you’d like to learn more about hearing aids, our friendly team is here to help. Call Nobile Hearing Aids at 239-772-8101. We look forward to hearing from you!