Hearing loss can be caused by a wide range of factors. Some types of hearing loss are caused and worsened by outside elements, that is, by loud noises, and prolonged exposure to said noises. Other forms of hearing loss are unavoidable. They may be linked to ageing, to disease, or even to genetic disorders. Recent statistics show that over 33 percent of individuals over the age of 65 suffer from some degree of hearing loss. In our blog today, we will look at the primary forms of hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is linked to problems in the middle ear, eardrum, or ear canal. These are the parts of the ear responsible for capturing sound and transporting it deeper into the ear, where it is then transported via auditory nerves to the brain. Often, conductive hearing loss is due to a “mechanical” defect in the ear, or possibly a blockage. Some causes of conductive hearing loss can be corrected via surgery or treatment. Aging is a common cause of conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is most often caused by damage to the inner ear, the auditory nerves, or even the brain. For someone suffering from sensorineural hearing loss, the ear is properly capturing sound, but they are having problems processing that sound and delivering it to the brain. The cause of sensorineural hearing loss includes aging, trauma, exposure to loud noise, viruses/disease, and even tumors. The treatment of sensorineural hearing loss depends on the exact cause of the hearing loss. Some causes are more easily treated than others.
Mixed Hearings Loss
Mix hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural issues. Most doctors recommend addressing conductive hearing loss first, as it is often the most easily treated.Leave a reply →