Hearing is part of our lives and we are so used to this sense that it gives us immense joys that we rarely (or not at all) think about what life is like without hearing.
Hearing loss is a hearing impairment that can have several degrees:
Mild hearing loss – we won’t be able to hear a few more sounds, but we may not notice
Moderate hearing loss – there will already be conversation difficulties;
Severe hearing loss – many sounds will be lost and it is impossible for the deficiency not to be noticed by those around you and the person who is affected;
Deep hearing loss – a great hearing loss that makes life difficult, impedes communication and creates a multitude of side effects – anxiety, depression, instability, even dementia.
Apart from the degree of hearing loss, there are 3 forms:
Conductive hearing loss
To be able to answer the question: Can hearing be recovered ?! we need to determine the form of hearing loss first and to explore treatment options.
Sensorineural hearing loss
The most common form of hearing loss found in healthy adults is neurosensory hearing loss. This form of hearing loss occurs when the inner ear is affected and can be caused by various causes. Some of the causes are exposure to high-intensity noise, head trauma or various ailments.
Sensorineural hearing loss is mostly irreversible and permanent, but very easy to recover from treatment.
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss it occurs when a problem occurs in the middle or outer ear, which creates a barrier to sounds and prevents them from following the full path to be processed. The causes of transmission hearing loss are usually attributed to problems with the physical structure of the middle ear and outer ear or wax plugs (earwax), fluid buildup in the middle ear, eardrum problems, and more.
Some Conductive hearing loss is reversible but not all.
Mixed hearing loss
This form of hearing loss is the result of both forms of hearing loss, neurosensory and transmission hearing loss.
The causes of mixed hearing loss are varied.
Depending on the causes of transmission hearing loss, some of the problem may be treated medically and reversibly, while neurosensory hearing loss is likely to continue.
If you experience symptoms, or you may have a loved one you notice hearing loss, it is essential to visit an audiologistfor a hearing test, without delay, as soon as possible.