There are different types of hearing loss including aging, injury, noise exposure, infection, and heredity. Whether your hearing loss is reversible or not depends on what is the cause.
Earwax Buildup: Reversible
Earwax acts as a protective mechanism to keep your ear safe from external debris. Normally, your ears will clear the earwax out on their own. Do not use cotton tips or Q-tips to attempt to clean your ears, as it can make the build-up worse.
Treating that built up wax in your ear to get your hearing back is easy. See a specialist in earwax removal. World of Hearing provide micro-suction, which is a safe and painless way to remove built up wax.
Ear Infections: Reversible
Ear infection hearing loss is usually temporary and subsides after treatment.
An infection usually happens when fluid gets stuck in your middle ear. That’s because the fluid makes it easier for bacteria to grow.
Your doctor may choose to treat your ear infection with antibiotics. If the antibiotics successfully treat the infection, your hearing should return to normal.
Sudden Hearing Loss: Sometimes Reversible
There are several possible causes of sudden hearing loss. It can be caused by some medications and illnesses. Other theories include stress, a hectic environment or severe time pressures at work which could lead to circulatory disorders which have the potential to create a sudden hearing loss.
If you experience sudden hearing loss please see your GP or ENT specialist within 24hrs. Sudden hearing loss can sometimes be reversed however early intervention is imperative.
Age-Related Hearing Loss: Irreversible
Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.
Most of the time it’s caused by natural changes to the inner ear as you get older. A lifetime of exposure to loud noises, or listening to loud music through headphones can permanently damage receptors in the cochlea, resulting in this type of loss. Fortunately people with this type of loss can benefit from the wide range of hearing aids available today.
If you are experiencing trouble in hearing, it is important to have your hearing tested by a professional so the degree or cause of your hearing loss can be identified.
Have a question about your hearing loss or hearing aids? Contact Karen, our Principal Audiologist at World of Hearing. She is all ears when it comes to listening to your hearing concerns – call 1300 060 455 to speak to her today!