Types of hearing loss

hearingWhat type of hearing loss are you suffering?

You may feel as if you are suffering in silence because of your hearing loss, but you are not alone.
Indeed, according to the most recent figures, over 10% of people in the United States have trouble hearing.
As a result, more than 32 million Americans are having difficulty hearing correctly right now.
As the Baby Boomer generation ages, that number is expected to rise considerably.

Sensorineural hearing loss

The most common type of hearing loss which usually affects healthy adults. This 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

Untreated hearing loss?

Untreated hearing loss has been shown to have significant detrimental consequences in numerous studies.
The ramifications are deep-reaching, and they go far beyond hearing.
It has the potential to affect your social, psychological, cognitive, and physical well-being.
In fact, people with hearing loss might have such skewed and insufficient communication that it has a negative influence on their professional and personal lives, leading to isolation and retreat in certain cases.
Hearing loss has been linked to all of the following in studies:

  • Irritability, negativism, and anger
  • Fatigue
  • Tension and stress
  • Depression
  • Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
  • Social rejection and loneliness
  • Impaired memory
  • Reduced ability to learn new skills
  • Poor job performance and reduced earning power
  • Diminished psychological and overall health
  • Reduced alertness
  • Increased risk to personal safety

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