Types of Hearing Loss

There are three types of hearing loss: Conductive, Sensorineural, and Mixed Hearing Loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss: Conductive hearing loss results from a problem with the conduction of sound from the outer ear (part that you see) to the inner ear (where the nerve is located). This can result from:

  • wax buildup
  • ear infections
  • trauma to the ear
  • perforations
  • dislocation of the ear bones
  • any other problem with the eardrum or bones

Those with this type of loss have a problem with volume rather than understanding ability.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Sensorineural hearing loss involves some sort of deterioration of the inner ear or the hearing nerve. The aging process, noise-exposure, some cancer treatments, illness, and other degenerative processes could cause this loss. This type of hearing loss sometimes impairs understanding ability and causes those with the loss to be sensitive to loud sounds.

Mixed Hearing Loss: Mixed hearing losses contain some conductive elements and some sensorineural elements.

If you suspect that you have a hearing loss or that a family member or friend may have a hearing loss, you should contact a hearing clinic for a check of your hearing.  The results of the hearing check will let you know if you need medical investigation or if you need assistance with hearing aids or help with other communication strategies.

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