Types of Hearing Loss

December 1, 2017   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Diet

Doctor inserting hearing aid to a girl patientHearing loss is common than most people think, and unfortunately, it affects anyone at any stage of life. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with hearing loss, then you have questions that need answers.

As you seek to understand what hearing loss means to you and what personal sound amplification can do for you, it is important to have as much information as possible on the hearing loss category that you are suffering from. Read on for more insight.

Conductive hearing problems

This category is mechanical. Meaning something such as a disease or a physical condition is preventing conduction of sound from both the middle and outer ear into the inner part of the ear. Specialists can treat conductive hearing problems to provide either partial or complete healing of the ear. Conductive hearing can be as a result of the ruptured eardrum, structural malformation, foreign objects, excess wax, infections, and middle ear fluid among others.

Sensorineural hearing problems

A majority of people who have hearing issues fall under this category. This problem can either distort or reduce the intensity of sound as a result of damage to the auditory nerve or the destruction of the sensory hair cells. Unfortunately, this category of hearing issues is an irreversible permanent condition. However, if you have a sensorineural hearing problem, you can get relief from hearing aid. In most cases, these condition is as a result of aging, extremely loud noise, medicine, diseases, or genetics.

Mixed hearing problems

This combines the above hearing losses. Apart from permanent hearing issues in the inner ear, one could also have problems with the middle and outer ear. Luckily, this is partially treatable through the use of hearing aid for the sensorineural problem.

While you may feel discouraged about your hearing condition, a report by the BHI shows that you can still lead a positive life. This is through treatment, periodic professional examination and the use of hearing aid.

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