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Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss

The most common type of hearing loss which usually affects healthy adults.  The type of hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the inner ear or the neural pathways used in hearing.  Sensorineural hearing loss is often permanent. This type of hearing loss is best treated with hearing aids as surgery is usually not the best first option. 

Causes of sensorineural hearing loss

Aging

Infections

Exposure to loud noise

Certain cancers

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss is typically caused by outer or middle ear abnormalities.  This type of hearing loss occurs when there is a blockage and the ear canal is unable to transmit sound to the inner ear. Unlike sensorineural hearing loss, there are several surgical options and mediations available to treat this type of hearing loss. 

Causes of conductive hearing loss

Perforated eardrum

Ear infections

Cerumen buildup

Tumors

Mixed hearing loss

As the name suggests, mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss.  This type of hearing loss may require multiple levels of treatment including, hearing aids, medications, or surgical intervention.

Causes of mixed hearing loss

Usually multifactorial, meaning there are several different causes

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