There are three main categories when it comes to hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Each of these categories has a specific set of symptoms, causes, and treatments. Sometimes, a treatment that works for sensorineural hearing loss doesn’t always work for conductive hearing loss. To know which category your hearing loss belongs to, you should call Bay Area Audiology for a hearing evaluation. Read on to find out what these three categories entail.
It’s all in the name: neurology. Sensorineural hearing loss has to do with the nerves that allow you to hear sounds. If the tiny hairs inside your ear are damaged, you won’t hear sounds as well as you did before. The most common symptom is that sounds are not as loud as they used to be, but those with sensorineural damage also experience the distortion of sounds. This type of hearing loss is irreversible. It’s often caused by loud noises, or a sudden traumatic event that damages your hearing. With no other medical cause, a hearing aid will be the best treatment option.
This type of hearing loss is caused by something blocking the passage of sound through your ear. In this case, sounds will be muted. Conductive hearing loss is often temporary, as it may be caused by something that can be treated or removed. For example, a buildup of earwax could be blocking the sound. Or, your eardrum may be damaged, which needs time to heal. Usually, conductive hearing loss can be overcome with medical attention. If there is still lingering hearing loss, a hearing aid can help.
Exactly what it sounds like, mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. In this instance, it’s possible that a patient may experience inner ear damage, and then develop a buildup of earwax, resulting in a combination of the two conditions. Medical attention is needed to determine a course of action and treatment.
Bay Area Audiology can help with your hearing loss today!
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