Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can result from any number of events at any point in our lives. It generally means there has been some damage to the outer, middle or inner ear or in the nerve pathway to our brains.

Hearing loss can be present from birth or develop over time as a result of an illness, accident, exposure to certain drugs and chemicals, or more commonly, as part of the normal aging process or exposure to loud noise.

Types of Loss

In general, there are three types of hearing loss. They are conductive, sensorineural or a mixed hearing loss (a combination of both).

Conductive

This is caused by problems in the outer and middle ear, which can prevent sounds getting through to the inner ear. The most common causes can be a build up of wax in the ear canal, perforated ear drum, fluid in the middle ear, or damaged middle ear bones.

Sensorineural

This type of hearing loss occurs when the delicate sensory cells or nerve fibres in the inner ear get damaged stopping them from transmitting sound properly. Causes include Ototoxic drugs (drugs with side effects that affect hearing), Meningitis and Meniere’s disease, however the most common causes are the natural process of ageing or excessive exposure to noise. In most cases, this condition is permanent.

Recognise the Signs

The change to a quieter world happens so slowly that it often goes unnoticed. You might feel that life sounds just as loud as ever. Some sounds – like a lawnmower – remain audible while others, like birdsong, footsteps and most imporatantly clear speech become harder to hear.

Its important you look out for the common signs;

  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Trouble following conversations that involve more than two people
  • Thinking that others are mumbling
  • Problems with clarity in noisy places
  • Trouble with understanding the voices of women and children
  • Turning up the TV or radio volume too loud for others who are nearby

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Contact AudioClinic today to get an accurate evaluation of your hearing loss and explore the range of solutions available to you.

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