The Different Types Of Hearing Loss
Think you or someone you care about has an untreated hearing loss? You’ve come to the right place to find out more about what that hearing loss could be and how it can be treated.
Why is your hearing important?
Firstly, let’s go over why your hearing is important, aside from the obvious fact that it allows you to hear. Many people are lucky enough to be able to take their hearing for granted for most, or all, of their lives. However, when something goes wrong with your hearing, you’ll quickly discover just how much of a massive impact it can have on your life.
Associated risks of hearing loss
The list of associated health risks for hearing loss is long. Often people with a hearing loss become isolated, frustrated, and depressed. They can also suffer from a variety of stress symptoms, lack of self-esteem, and there’s even a strong link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. A hearing problem should always be checked over by a hearing professional, a.k.a. an Audiologist as quickly as possible.
What types of hearing loss are there?
There are two main types of hearing loss – conductive and sensorineural. It’s possible to have just one, or a combination of both.
Conductive hearing loss
This is usually temporary and can be caused by blockages, growths, or malformations in your middle or outer ear. Some common causes of conductive hearing loss are:
- A build-up of earwax
- Fluid from an ear infection
- A ruptured eardrum
Sensorineural hearing loss
This type of hearing loss can happen when some of the network of your inner ear sensors (which transfer sound information into nerve signals your brain can understand) become damaged. Some common causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:
- Exposure to loud noises
- Aging, head trauma
- Meniere’s disease & other illnesses
- A malformation of the ear
Thankfully, most cases of conductive hearing loss are temporary and can be treated easily with medicines or surgery, allowing your hearing to get back to normal. Cases that can’t be fixed with medicine or surgery are considered to be permanent conductive hearing loss cases. These can sometimes be treated with transplants or hearing aids.
For sensorineural hearing loss, depending on how bad the hearing loss is, it can usually be treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Visit an Audiologist today
It’s worth noting that hearing aid dispensers are not qualified to diagnose problems with your hearing. If you think you, or someone you care about, has a problem with their hearing, an Audiologist is always the best person to help.
At Life Long Hearing, our resident Audiologist, Dr. Hadassah Kupfer, Au.D. has had years of experience and training across all aspects of hearing health. To take the first step towards better hearing, contact us today to book an appointment.