Different types of Hearing Loss

Different types of Hearing Loss

There are many ways that an onset of hearing loss can be triggered in someone’s ear, including exposure to loud noises, ear infections, as well as tinnitus . There are three main types of hearing loss, each of which is caused by different factors and require their own specialized treatment.

Hearing loss can be a traumatic experience, which means that you should always seek help from a qualified professional if you suspect an onset of hearing loss. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at these three types of hearing loss, as well as their common causes and general treatment.

Types of hearing loss and how to treat them

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is more common in people than the other types of hearing loss. It is a permanent loss of hearing that is caused by irreversible damage to your auditory nerve or your cilia, the small hair-like cells found in the inner ear. Meniere’s disease is known to cause this type of hearing loss.

There is a high chance that should you experience sensorineural hearing, you won’t be able to reverse it. This is because the damage caused to the ear is irreversible, but depending on its severity, this type of hearing loss could be successfully treated, mitigated, and partially reversed using hearing aids or cochlear implants.

Conductive hearing loss

Not as common as sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss is a result of an obstruction or damage to the middle/outer ear that prevents sounds from travelling through your ear. Usually, this type of hearing loss doesn’t imply that the auditory nerve or inner ear are damaged.

Conductive hearing loss can be temporary or permanent depending on what causes it. There are a few things that can result in this type of hearing loss, including wax impaction and ear infections.

There are several things you can do to reverse conductive hearing loss; depending on the severity, you can gain some or most of your hearing back. Here are a few of the treatments offered for conductive hearing loss:

  • Blockage removal, which includes addressing factors that can cause a blockage in the ear such as wax impaction, ear infections, abnormal growths, or undesired foreign objects in the ear.  
  • Other treatments that can be administered as a result of:
    • Stenosis of the ear canal, which happened when your ear canal becomes unusually narrow;
    • Otosclerosis, which is a result of abnormal bone growth in the middle ear;
    • Exostoses, which happens when the bone surrounding the ear canal begins to swell or thicken.

Common solutions for this type of hearing loss can be found in the use of hearing aids and middle ear implants, among a few other treatments. If you’d like to learn more, give us a shout!

Mixed hearing loss

Sometimes, people become unfortunate victims of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This can happen to anyone; for example, your sensorineural hearing loss may be compounded by wax impaction or a terrible ear infection. Treating mixed hearing loss should only be done on a case-by-case basis, where a qualified doctor recommends treatment specific to your situation.

If you’d like to learn more about the different types and levels of hearing of hearing loss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we look forward to hearing about how we can help you.

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