Types of hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is typically the outcome of obstructions in the outer or middle ear; possibly due to liquid, tumors, earwax, or even ear formation. This obstruction blocks the sound from getting to the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss can often be treated surgically or with medicine.
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most typical type of hearing loss. It happens when the inner ear nerves and hair cells are injured; possibly due to age, noise damage, or both. Sensorineural hearing loss affects the pathways from your inner ear to your brain. Most times, sensorineural hearing loss cannot be repaired medically or surgically but can be managed and treated with hearing aids.
Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss is just what it sounds like; a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
As with any medical condition, it’s better to know what you “have” before choosing what to do. A consultation with a hearing specialist can help decide the type, cause, and degree of your hearing loss.