Hard Of Hearing or Hard Of Listening?

by | Sep 3, 2020

Reversing Hearing Loss – Can It Be Done

Hearing loss can be traumatic. Different people have different reactions to hearing loss. For many it can result in social, psychological, and physical problems. If you’re losing or have lost your hearing, it’s understandable to question whether you can reverse hearing loss.

In many cases, you can. We’ll tell you about the three main types of hearing loss and what, if anything, can be done to regain part or all of your hearing.  Minerals, antioxidants and optimum nutritional supplements can help before you need a hearing aid.

NOTE:  Many elderly people have been diagnosed with dementia and alzheimer’s disease when it actually was hearing loss.

 

Types of hearing loss

There are three main types of hearing loss:

  • sensorineural
  • conductive
  • mixed

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It’s sudden  loss caused by damage to your auditory nerve or the cilia, which are tiny hairlike cells in your inner ear. A loud noise (above 80 decibels) for prolonged periods can cause the little hairlike cells to flatten out rather than stand upright.  Meniere’s disease  with dizziness or vertigo can cause sensorineural hearing loss.

This person must have hearing aids and practice “listening exercises.”

Conductive hearing loss

Less common than sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss is caused by an obstruction or damage to your outer or middle ear that inhibits sound from being conducted to your inner ear.

With conductive hearing loss, your inner ear and auditory nerve are undamaged. Depending on the cause, conductive hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. Causes can run from wax impaction to a traumatic break in the connection between the bones of the middle ear.

Mixed hearing loss

Sometimes hearing loss can be the result of a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. For example, your sensorineural hearing loss might be complicated by wax impaction. This is called mixed hearing loss.

Once damaged, your auditory nerve and cilia cannot be repaired. But, depending on the severity of the damage, sensorineural hearing loss has been successfully treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants. There is, however, the possibility that your hearing loss isn’t reversible.  Often there are nutrient deficiencies that need to be optimized to improve or restore hearing.

Cochlear implants

A cochlear implant bypasses the injured or damaged portion of the auditory system and directly stimulates your auditory nerve. With a cochlear implant, many people — even those with severe sensorineural hearing loss — have been able to reverse hearing loss partially.

Reversing conductive hearing loss

Depending on the nature and extent of the problem, people with conductive hearing loss can get some or even most of their hearing back.  Allergies or sensitivities are the most common cause of conductive hearing loss. However, if allergies and sensitivities are not corrected hearing can not be reversed.

Blockage removal

Often, hearing can be fully restored by addressing what may be causing blockages, such as:

Wax and foreign objects can be removed, sometimes noninvasively. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Growths can be surgically removed.

Other Treatments

 

Your doctor might not be able to medically restore your hearing if you have conductive hearing loss caused by abnormalities such as:

  • stenosis of the ear canal, which is when your ear canal is abnormally narrow
  • exostoses, or the thickening of the bone surrounding your ear canal
  • otosclerosis, the abnormal bone growth around the stapes bone in your middle ear
  • ossicular chain discontinuity, or the abnormal separation of the middle ear bones: malleusincus, and stapes

Although the medical options are limited, your doctor might offer solutions such as:

  • traditional hearing aids
  • bone-conduction hearing aids
  • bone-anchored implantable devices
  • middle ear implants

Reversing mixed hearing loss

For mixed hearing loss, treatment decisions will be made based on the specific sensorineural and conductive hearing loss conditions you’re dealing with. Your doctor might recommend treating either the sensorineural or conductive hearing loss or both.

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