Types of Hearing Loss

In addition to a number of different levels of hearing loss, there are three basic types of hearing loss. These types include conductive, sensorineural, and mixed which involves a combination of the other two. Below is some more information on each different type of hearing loss to help you determine what may be affecting your hearing.

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss occurs when sound does not effectively travel from the outer ear through the ear canal to the inner ear and ear drum. This type of hearing loss often results in sounds being muffled and the inability to hear faint sounds. Conductive hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors including colds, allergies, fluid in the ear, excessive or impacted ear wax, ear infections, benign tumors in the ear, foreign object in the ear, malformation of the ear, and other ailments that may clog or block the ear canal. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected with medication, surgery, or even correct itself on its own.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is usually due to damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways that transmit sound from the inner ear to the brain. This type of hearing loss is often a permanent form of hearing loss and cannot be corrected by surgery or other medical intervention. Sensorineural hearing loss is often hereditary or a result of aging. It can also occur as a side effect of certain viruses, head trauma, exposure to loud noises, or drugs that can negatively affect hearing.

This type of hearing loss results in a reduction of sound coming through as well as a loss of clarity in what is being heard. Those with sensorineural hearing loss can usually benefit from the use of a hearing aid or other hearing aid device.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss occurs when conductive hearing loss occurs in conjunction with sensorineural hearing loss. As with sensorineural hearing loss, those with mixed hearing loss can often benefit from a hearing aid or other hearing aid device.

If you're concerned about your loss of hearing, contact us and we will perform a complimentary hearing assessment to determine your type and level of hearing loss.