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Understanding the Three Types of Hearing Loss

March 11, 2016

Hearing loss is a frustrating and obstructive condition that can impair your ability to communicate during social or professional endeavors. Because there are three types of hearing loss, identifying which type of condition you are experiencing helps audiologists more effectively treat the condition. If you are interested in receiving an audiogram to overcome hearing problems, you should learn about the causes and degrees of thee different types of hearing loss:


Conductive hearing loss involves problems in which sounds cannot be transmitted through the outer or middle ear. The sound waves are generally unable to penetrate beyond the outer or middle ear due to structural deficiencies in the eardrum, ear canal, or the tiny bones in the middle ear. Many causes can trigger conductive hearing loss. For instance, the condition can be caused by excessive accumulations of fluid or wax in the ear, allergies, ear infections, benign tumors, perforated ear drums, or Otosclerosis. The conductive hearing problems often generate hearing loss that is relatively moderate in degree and that ranges from approximately 25 to 65 decibels. However, many treatments can help alleviate the condition. Find an audiologist to evaluate your condition with hearing tests and recommend the next steps that would be most appropriate for your condition.


Sensorineural hearing loss is another common type of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss develops from damage to the inner ear, or the cochlea. The cochlea is a tiny organ in the inner ear that absorbs sounds, translates the sound waves into nerve impulses, and then sends the impulses to the brain so you can process and interpret the sounds. However, damage to the inner ear can prevent the cochlea from being able to translate and send sound waves to the brain. Many causes can facilitate sensorineural hearing loss, including head trauma, loud noise, inner ear malformation, genetic predispositions, Meniere’s disease, and the aging process. Although sensorineural conditions often result in permanent hearing loss that cannot be cured with medicine or surgery, innovative hearing aids can help you overcome the condition. Hearing aids can enable you to hear properly by amplifying the sound vibrations, converting the sound waves into neural signals, and then sending the signals through the inner ear and to your brain.


Mixed hearing loss conditions involve both conductive and sensorineural issues. For instance, mixed conditions often entail damages to the inner ear and to the middle or outer ear. Audiologists can conduct thorough hearing test evaluations, identify the causes of your mixed hearing loss condition, and then customize the particular treatments that would be most effective for your situation. Experts recommend treating the conductive aspect of your condition first, for relieving the middle or outer ear problem can help the doctors attain more accurate audiogram results and then develop hearing aids that are compatible for your condition. While each condition might require a different treatment regimen, mixed hearing loss can be treated with medical, surgical, and hearing aid treatments.   

Contact Resonance Hearing Aids to learn how you can get back to superior hearing. We can provide the best hearing products on the market, and we would be glad to discuss your particular needs and recommend your best options.