Types of Hearing Loss
Posted by Acadiana Hearing Center on August 10, 2020
Did you know not all hearing loss is the same? In fact, there are three distinct types
of hearing loss each caused by different issues in the various parts of the ear and nerves.
Sensorineural hearing loss
(SNHL) is the most common type of loss. It occurs when the nerves in your inner ear are damaged and the pathways to the brain can no longer fire the right signals. This means you might not register soft sounds at all, and even loud sounds like shouting or a high volume on the TV will be difficult to make out or understand. A famous line of people with SNHL is, “I can hear you, but I can’t understand you.” Aging, illness, genetic hearing loss, or exposure to loud noises can all cause this type of loss. There’s no medical procedure to help restore your nerve pathways, but hearing aids can be a great help to people with these issues.
Conductive hearing loss
occurs in the middle and outer ear. It’s categorized by some type of blockage that prevents sounds to pass through to the inner ear. These obstructions can be fluid, tumors, the formation of the ear itself, or even just earwax! For more serious causes, medicine and surgery are typically options. If it’s just an earwax build-up, you can stop in our office and we can clear the blockage for you!
Finally, there’s mixed hearing loss
, which is exactly what it sounds like. Sometimes SNHL and conductive loss can happen at the same time, creating what seems like a difficult problem to solve. However, with a quick examination, we can easily determine your type of loss and the best way to help.
There’s a wide variety of hearing aids and hearing solutions available to people with any or both of these losses. The key to preventing further damage and restoring your hearing is to schedule a consultation as soon as you notice the problem. So, call us today to set up a consultation! We look forward to bringing you peace of mind through better hearing.