When you think about hearing loss, chances are, you think about damage to your eardrums caused by loud noises or hearing loss due to old age. Although these are common types of hearing loss, they certainly are not the only. Hearing loss is a very common health issue and can affect people at any point in their life. You should speak to an expert audiologist at Stockton Hearing & Speech Center today if you believe you or a loved one is suffering from a hearing condition. It’s almost always better to treat hearing conditions sooner rather than later because hearing rarely improves on its own without the help of surgery, hearing aids, medication, or other forms of treatment. Not addressing a hearing issue may result in other health and quality of life issues later in life.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is what will come to mind when most people think of hearing loss. This type of hearing loss occurs when there is an issue with sensory hair cells or neural structures. The tiny hair cells that detect sound are damaged and aren’t able to communicate that to the auditory nerve. However, if damage is done to the auditory nerve, the same type of hearing loss will occur.
A sensorineural hearing loss can not only reduce the volume of what is heard, it can also distort sounds. Once damage is done this way to your hearing, it is often irreversible and requires the use of hearing aids. This type of hearing loss can be caused by genetics, old age, prolonged exposure to loud noise, and head trauma.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss results from something mechanical that is preventing sound from being conducted and recognized by nerves that carry the sound to the brain. Conductive hearing loss can usually be treated physically or with medication and supplemented with a hearing aid if the issue remains.
Some causes of conductive hearing loss include:
- Ear trauma
- A ruptured eardrum
- Ear infections
- Fluid buildup due to colds or allergies
- Wax buildup
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. For example, to an irreversible issue with the inner part of the ear, there may be obstructions in the middle or outer ear that are increasing the degree of hearing loss. Like conductive hearing loss, medical treatment may be used, but there will be permanent damage that can only be treated with hearing aids.
Are you ready to start experiencing your life the way it was meant to be lived? Our hearing diagnostics procedure at Stockton Hearing & Speech Center is designed to provide our patients with an accurate and comprehensive overview of their hearing condition allowing our expert audiologists all the information they need to diagnose and treat your condition. Hearing loss is a common issue and many people will never seek treatment. Contact an expert at Stockton Hearing & Speech Center today to set up an appointment or get your questions answered.