Types of Hearing Loss
There are three different types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed (a combination of conductive and sensorineural).
Conductive hearing loss is due to a complication with either the outer or middle ear, which prevents sound from traveling to the inner ear. An example of something that may cause a conductive hearing loss is impacted wax in the ear canal.
Sensorineural hearing loss is due to a complication of the inner ear, usually damage to hair cells or nerve fibers. Most sensorineural hearing loss is due to aging or loud noise exposure.
- Mixed hearing loss occurs when there is a complication of the outer/middle and inner ear.
Degrees of Hearing Loss
Degrees of hearing loss range from mild to moderate, severe and profound across a broad range of frequencies. Depending on the degree and configuration of hearing loss, individuals may have very different listening experiences.