Everything You Need to Know About the 3 Types of Hearing Loss

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When people think of hearing loss, they usually just think of how much or how well you can hear. But what most people are not aware of is that hearing loss comes in different forms and ways. It is important to know these types of hearing loss so doctors can target the cause of your hearing impairment and be able to refer you to specific treatments.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

The first type of hearing loss is sensorineural, which is the most common form of hearing loss found in patients. This happens when the inner nerves of the ear are damaged and fail to properly transmit sound signals to the brain. It is also the most common type of hearing loss caused by the withering of the hair cells in the inner part of the ear due to age, noise damage, and medications. Without healthy hair cells, the ear will fail to detect and read sounds properly. 

Conductive Hearing Loss

The second type of hearing loss is conductive, which is typically due to obstructions within the middle or outer ear. Conductive hearing loss is detrimental because it prevents sounds from entering the middle ear, in which every part of the ear is necessary to be able to interpret sounds thoroughly. Voices or sounds may come off as faint, distorted, or in certain instances, both. This hearing loss can be treated either medically or surgically. 

Mixed Hearing Loss

The third type of hearing loss is mixed, a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This can indicate a possible problem in the outer ear, or middle ear and inner ear, or auditory nerve. This hearing loss can be a result of head injury, long-lasting infection, or even a hereditary disorder. 

Mission Aid Hearing Center Serving You

Our ears are a lot more sensitive than we even give credit for, which is why we have to take care of them if we don’t want to run into future hearing problems. Call Mission Aid Hearing Center today to learn more about how you can protect and treat your ears. 


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