Most people who suffer from hearing loss are experiencing the degeneration of they important hairs. This condition is called “sensorineural hearing loss.”
In my opinion, the sense of hearing doesn’t get the credit it deserves. The entire process is a fascinating interplay of complex elements. Making every single sound we hear it’s own small miracle.
It goes like this. The little flaps we call ears are actually like funnels, spaced apart and oriented outward to help us localize the direction of sound.
When a sound travels through the air it bounces around into our ear canal where it vibrates our eardrums ever so subtly. These vibrations buzz against tiny bones in our ears, which then push fluid into a structure called the cochlea. A snail-shaped cavity full of microscopic hairs.
In response, these hairs bend slightly in response to the vibrations, allowing them to translate noise into electrochemical signals, and transmit them to our brain.
But those hairs? They’re incredibly sensitive. Sometimes when we hear a loud noise, around 90 decibels or higher — think the sound of a lawnmower or louder — those ears bend farther than they’re supposed to.
Sometimes if it’s an extremely loud noise, they don’t spring back up so easily after being flattened down. This can happen from things like of course prolonged exposure to loud noises.
But also ototoxic drugs like chemotherapy, lack of electrolytes, or restricted blood flow due to cardiovascular issues or smoking, to name just a few.
Genetics too play a substantial part in the deterioration of these hairs over time.
Most people who suffer from hearing loss are experiencing the degeneration of the important hairs. This is a condition called “sensorineural hearing loss.”
Usually sufferers have a family history of hearing loss as well as a life exposed to loud noises. Oftentimes, if someone hasn’t ever worked in a factory or regularly hit up the local nightclub.
They assume that they’ve never dealt with the noise component of hearing loss.
But hearing loss stretches across years, even decades. It may have been an extremely loud noise you heard when you were 12 years old that’s causing your hearing problems today!
The fact is, hearing loss is incredibly normal. It’s no surprise with how much noise we’re exposed to on the daily.
If you’re among the millions and millions of folks who struggle with the daily frustrations hearing loss brings, don’t let it ruin your life! Give me a call at 617-934-8155 or schedule an appointment online today. And discover how robust hearing treatment can transform your life from the inside out.