Different Types of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be caused by many different events happening in a persons life and it is important to be able to understand what the cause may be before looking into a solution. In able to understand what the cause to hearing loss is, one must be able to understand how the ear works itself. The best way to prevent hearing loss is to take preventative steps when in environments with loud noises that could cause damage to ones hearing health. Wearing hearing protection such as ear plugs when doing activities such as hunting, mowing, concerts, etc can decrease a persons chances for getting hearing loss in their life.
Making an appointment can help to ensure that the correct type of hearing loss is diagnosed and a possible solution can be found. Marston Hearing Center also has different types of ear plugs that can help to prevent destructive noise in most environments and can be custom made and fitted by a licensed hearing-care professional in the office.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss often occurs when the outer and/or middle ear is damaged or blocked. This results in sound not being conducted from the ear canal to the eardrum or from the eardrum to the inner ear. This is often caused by earwax. a perforated eardrum, a buildup of fluid in the middle ear, repeated ear infections, and allergies. This type of hearing loss is generally more common in children and indigenous populations but is able to be treated through medical interventions.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss often occurs in the cochlea when there is damage to or malfunction of the hair cells. This type of hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and has assistive technologies that can help to reduce the effects of it.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss happens when there is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss present. Often the sensorineural part of the hearing loss is permanent but the conductive part can be permanent or temporary.
Neural Hearing Loss
Neural hearing loss occurs between the cochlea and the brain when the auditory nerve is unable to properly transmit the signal. Often speech in background can be difficult to understand and is often caused by lack of oxygen or jaundice at birth. Some neurological conditions can also cause neural hearing loss which is why the hearing loss can vary from normal to profound.
“Types of Hearing Loss.” Deafness Foundation, deafness.org.au/hearing-loss/about-hearing-loss/types-of-hearing-loss/.