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The Three Main Types of Hearing Loss

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:50:44 AM Australia/Melbourne

The Three Main Types of Hearing LossHere at Hearlink, the team is passionate about ensuring that your hearing loss, or the hearing loss of your loved ones, doesn’t interfere with your day-to-day life. Gone are the days when it had to be debilitating or put you out of commission when it came to the activities and hobbies that you loved most. These days, there are so many solutions in place, so many products and services that can ensure that you still live a fulfilling life.  That’s why we got into the business that we’re in, because we care about making your life the best that it can be. If you’re newer to the blog, welcome! Excited to have you here. If you’re a regular visitor, you know that this blog is the place to go for all things audiology related. Today, we’re taking a step back, examining the basics and talking about the three major types of hearing loss.


First up to bat, sensorineural hearing loss. This is the most common type of hearing loss that you’ll find and it takes place when damage has been done to the tiny, hair-like cells that are found deep within your inner ear. These cells are incredibly important to your hearing because they turn sounds into nerve signals, which then head to the brain using the auditory pathway. If these cells are damaged, then the nerve signals can’t properly reach the brain. There are a couple of key indicators that you have sensorineural hearing loss. You won’t be able to process volume as well, and you won’t be able to understand conversations as clearly. The best way to sum it up is that you don’t understand what people say. Conversations with multiple speakers can be especially tricky. Unfortunately, this type of hearing loss is permanent and can happen at any time. It can be caused by genetics, but it can also be onset by age. The best way to avoid it if you don’t have it already, is to place yourself in environments that are healthy for your ears – no more loud concerts or athletic events!


Next up, we have conductive hearing loss. This takes place when a noise or sound enters the ear canal but can’t reach the inner ear. It’s pretty common for this type to only affect one ear, meaning that you will always hear better out of the other ear. Experts tee’d this up well with a very good comparison. You know when you board a plane and it takes off or lands. Your ears feel a little bit foggy right? Conductive hearing loss means that you experience this continuously all of the time. Just like sensorineural, conductive hearing loss can happen at any stage of life. You just need to look for the warning signs, like sinus congestion, a build-up of fluids or ear wax. The great thing with conductive hearing loss is that it can be treated with surgery or medical interference. You just need to spot it early.


Finally, we have mixed hearing loss. This needs less of an explanation, as it’s pretty self-explanatory. You’re looking at a combination of both of the above types of hearing loss. This can be on both a temporary and permanent basis and requires assessment from your local audiology expert. Concerned? Have questions? Give the Hearlink team a shout. We’d love to hear from you.

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