Several years ago I was using a Q-tip to clean my ears – something I have long since learned is a bad idea. Shortly after, I had a sudden pain in my ear and then a weird noise. I couldn’t hear anything from my right ear except for this obnoxious noise. I was a little scared, confused, and had no idea what had happened. I was fortunate to have access to a local audiologist who I visited immediately. He let me know I had perforated an ear drum. I then asked him one of the most common questions audiologists receive. “Will my hearing come back?”
I was fortunate that my hearing came back completely within a week or so. That isn’t always the case. I have learned that hearing loss really can be a finicky thing and can be caused by a great number of things. Recently I read an article from everydayhearing.com that specifically addressed the question of whether or not someone’s hearing loss is permanent. According to one audiologist, when people ask if their hearing loss is permanent, he responds as follows:
“…in most cases the answer to that question is yes, your hearing loss is permanent. But, not always! Whether a hearing loss is permanent or not depends on what is causing the hearing loss.”
To read more about the causes of hearing loss visit https://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-loss/is-my-hearing-loss-permanent/
Taking simple steps to protect our ears from loud noises or making sure we never put anything inside our ears can help prevent damage to our ears. In the cases where hearing loss does end up being permanent, your hearing care professional will be available to help you find and implement the very best solutions for your unique need.
The week or so I was unable to hear from one ear was challenging. It was difficult not being able to understand everything that was being said around me. I felt a sense of distance from those I was trying to visit with. Seeing my audiologist was the smartest thing I could have done.
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Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator