Can Hearing be Regained Naturally?
The human body is often a self-healing tool with the right attention and care. It can recover from injuries and, if you eat the right diet, reverse chronic conditions like heart disease. But is there any way of regaining your hearing naturally?
Hearing loss can be a frustrating condition to deal with. If you can't hear as well as you used to, you may wonder if it's possible to restore lost hearing naturally. It's an alluring idea and something that can provide hope to many people with the condition. But is there any truth in it? Let's take a look:
It depends on the type of hearing loss you have. If your hearing loss is caused by something temporary like an earwax impaction or infection, these can often be remedied by treating the specific issue.
Whether you can regain your hearing naturally depends on the type of hearing loss you have.
In general, there are three types of hearing loss, including:
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is a type of hearing loss caused by obstruction or damage to the outer and middle ear. In conductive hearing loss, something prevents sound from traveling up the ear canal and into the middle ear, making things sound muffled or quiet.
With conductive hearing loss, there is no damage to the sensitive machinery of the inner ear, like the cochlear. There also isn’t an underlying issue with the main auditory nerve, which transmits sound signals for processing by the brain.
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is more common than conductive hearing loss. In sensorineural hearing loss, there is damage to the inner ear. Often people with sensorineural hearing loss have damage to the tiny hair-like structures in the inner ear or a problem with the nerve.
Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of the two. Many patients present with both blockages, like compacted earwax, as well as damaged auditory nerves. Both compound the loss of hearing.
Regaining your hearing
Whether you can regain your hearing depends on the type of hearing loss you have. You can modify some types of hearing loss naturally, while others require specialist medical interventions.
Whether a person with conductive hearing loss can regain their hearing naturally depends on the nature and extent of the blockage or damage to their ear.
Sometimes, your audiologist can help you regain your hearing naturally by if you have an underlying condition like an infection, impacted earwax or abnormal growths blocking the ear canal. Audiologists have special tools that they use to remove impacted earwax without damaging the eardrum or ear canal. Because your hearing loss is tied to a temporary condition in each of these situations, your audiologist can provide the best solution to help you regain your ability to hear again.
However, if regaining your hearing naturally isn’t possible in your specific situation, there are still plenty of options to help you hear better.
When it comes to sensorineural hearing loss, you will require medical intervention to hear better, like hearing aids.
The primary treatment for irreversible hearing loss is hearing aids. Hearing loss is not always complete. Many people lose their hearing gradually over time as the components of the inner ear deteriorate with age. Hearing aids assist by amplifying the volume of sounds reaching the inner ear, providing it with more stimulation than it would get usually. People who wear hearing aids after living with hearing loss for a long time sometimes experience an improvement in their hearing. Hearing aids provide stimulation for the part of the brain responsible for processing sounds, preventing it from atrophying. Your audiologist will walk you through the different styles of hearing aids, including: in the ear (ITE), behind the ear (BTE) and in the canal (ITC). They will also talk about any features you may benefit from, including: Bluetooth, noise reduction and multisettings.
While there are many “natural home remedies” touted, such as Gingko Balboa and essential oils, they effectiveness of these solutions are purely speculation and could do more damage than good. That’s why it’s crucial to visit your audiologist when you begin to notice problems with your hearing. They can easily diagnose it and provide you with the solution that will be most beneficial to your specific needs.
If you'd like to learn more about regaining your hearing, get in touch with us today. Call Bowles Hearing Care Services PC in Charlotte at 704-334-4428, Hickory at 828-322-7025, Mooresville at 704-660-9188 or Huntersville at 704-274-5299.