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Types of Hearing Loss
Approximately one out of every ten Americans is affected by some
degree of hearing loss. The ratio is nearly one in three for
those over 65 years of age. There are different types and varying
degrees of hearing loss. Some hearing losses are permanent, while
others, thankfully, can be treated medically.
Generally there are three types of hearing loss: conductive,
sensorineural and mixed. Hearing loss is classified according to
which part of the auditory system is affected.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is the result of disorders in either the
middle or outer ear, which prevent sound from getting to the inner
ear. Voices and sounds may sound faint, distorted or both.
Some common causes of conductive hearing loss:
- Dislocation of the ossicles (the three middle ear bones)
- Ear wax build-up
- Fluid in the middle ear
- Foreign objects in the ear canal
- Growths or tumors
- Infection of the ear canal or middle ear
- Otosclerosis (abnormal bone growth in the middle ear)
- Perforation or scarring of the eardrum
If treated promptly, most conductive hearing loss can be helped
medically or surgically.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
When inner ear nerves become damaged and do not properly transmit
their signals to the brain, sensorineural hearing loss occurs.
Common complaints by the sufferer are that people seem to mumble,
or that they can hear, but do not understand what is being said.
As we get older, the inner ear nerves and sensory cells deteriorate,
so usually it is the aging process that is the most common cause of
sensorineural hearing loss.
In addition to advancing age, sensorineural hearing loss can be
- Acoustic tumors
- Excessive noise exposure
- Injury to the ear
- High fever
- Ménière's disease (an inner ear disease affecting balance &
- Meningitis (bacterial infection of the brain & spinal cord
- Ototoxic drugs (medications that damage hearing)
- Viral infections (like mumps or measles)
Occurring in 80% of adult cases, sensorineural hearing loss is
the most common type of hearing loss among adults. It is not
often medically or surgically treatable, but most sensorineural
hearing loss can be successfully treated with
Mixed Hearing Loss
If a hearing loss is the result of both conductive and
sensorineural reasons, it is referred to as a mixed hearing
How do you tell which type of hearing loss is affecting you?
A hearing test is quick, simple and completely painless. To
schedule your FREE hearing test today, call us at
727-842-4564, or complete
our contact form
and we will call you.
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