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Types of Hearing Loss

Just as we are all different, hearing loss is, too. A Sonus® Hearing Care Professional will explain these various types of loss and, with your input, create a customized solution that fits your lifestyle and needs. They will explain the technical aspects and address any concerns you may have.

Put simply, problems found in different parts of the ear will cause different types of hearing loss.

Here are the three types and some of their causes and symptoms:

Conductive

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound cannot reach the inner ear due to problems in the outer and/or middle ear. If you suffer from this, you may often have the feeling of pressure or fullness in your ears and have difficulty hearing faint sounds. The most common causes include earwax impaction, middle ear infection, outer ear infection or foreign body impaction. This type of hearing loss can often be medically or surgically corrected. In some cases, hearing instruments can be a good choice for individuals who want to avoid surgical options or medical intervention.

Sensorineural

Sensorineural hearing loss happens when there has been damage to the hearing portion of the inner ear or auditory nerve. If you suffer from this TYPE of loss, you may often have difficulty understanding speech, especially when there's background noise. Another common symptom associated with it is tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Sensorineural hearing loss may be hereditary or congenital, it can also be caused by injury, ototoxic drugs, genetics, viruses, head trauma, aging or noise exposure. It is often mistakenly referred to as "nerve deafness". In general, the preferred solution for sensorineural hearing loss is to fit you with hearing aids.

Mixed

Mixed hearing loss occurs when there's a problem in your inner ear and outer or middle ear. It’s a combination of a conductive and sensoineural hearing loss. The treatments for this type can be medical, hearing amplification, or a combination of both. A licensed professional should give you all your options and advise you to seek medical advice from a physician when appropriate.

A Sonus Hearing Care Professional will help you understand which kind of hearing loss they suffer from—if any—and recommend the best possible treatment for you.