Are there different types of hearing loss? The answer is yes! There are three types of hearing loss referred to as sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. Most individuals suffer from some degree of hearing loss as they age. By age 65 and older, one in three people have a degree of hearing impairment.
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. Damage to the nerves of the inner ear causing improper transmission of sound signals to the brain is the cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Additionally, it can be caused by withering hair cells in the inner ear. Age, noise damage and medications are the culprit in this case. The absence of healthy hair cells prevents the ear from detecting sound properly. This type of hearing loss is permanent, but can often be treated with hearing aids.
Conductive hearing loss
Obstructions in the outer or middle ear, preventing sound from entering the middle ear, is typically referred to as conductive hearing loss. As a result, sounds and voices may sound distorted and/or faint. Either a medical or surgical procedure can treat most conductive hearing loss.
Mixed hearing loss
A combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss is referred to as mixed hearing loss. Treatment options include surgery, medicine, and hearing aids.
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