Hearing loss can pose immediate difficulties and long-term health troubles if it’s not dealt with early. Of course, it’s not always easy to recognize.
Sometimes, hearing loss can creep up on you. It may approach so slowly you don’t even realize it’s getting worse. If you live with others, it might be more noticeable. They will ask why the television is so loud or why you aren’t responding to questions/
Those who live alone may have more of a challenge without someone there to clue them in.
In any event, hearing loss is detrimental. It causes stress, but further, it may lead to social isolation, depression, and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Simply put, it can enhance mental trauma.
Not all hearing loss is created equal. Some forms may be permanent, while others may be reversed. Sensorineural hearing loss, for example, is permanent. If caught early, however, it can be treated and progress much more slowly.
Conductive hearing loss may be reversible. It is typically caused by obstruction or damage to the middle or outer ear, but the cells and nerves that make hearing possible remain intact. In some cases, treating the obstruction or damage can restore hearing.
What is obstruction or damage? It could be several things. Regularly putting cotton swabs in your ears could cause wax impaction. Maybe a growth has developed that’s impairing your ability to hear. Perhaps an injury or infection is to blame.
These causes of hearing loss can be treated in a way that may fully restore hearing. The key is getting it looked at.
If you are frequently asking people in person or over the phone to repeat themselves more, or they are asking you to turn the volume down or why you aren’t responding to them, book a checkup.
Hearing loss is treatable and potentially reversible.