If you have been concerned that you are experiencing hearing loss, then one thing you might not know is that hearing loss occurs for a range of reasons. Seeing your audiologist is important to know what type of hearing loss you have and what you will need. Here are three main types of hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss stems from problems in the middle or outer ear that prevent sound from passing. Some causes of conductive hearing loss are excess earwax, fluid buildup, ear infection or a punctured eardrum. Conductive hearing loss can be temporary or permanent depending on the extent of the damage. Certain hearing aids, middle ear implants, surgery and proper cleaning are some ways to help with conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Unlike conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and more serious. It comes from damage to the auditory nerve or the cochlea. Certain factors that may cause sensorineural hearing loss are disease or genetics, exposure to loud noise, certain chemicals and medications, or simply deterioration from aging. Most hearing aids offer a significant improvement to this type of hearing loss, as well as cochlear implants.
Auditory Processing Disorders
What is unique about Auditory Processing Disorders, or ADP, is that it isn’t hearing loss through the ears as much as it is involved in the brain. A person with an ADP will have trouble computing where a sound came from or fully understanding what the sound is. Talking to an audiologist is the only way to know for sure if you have an ADP or another type of hearing loss.
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