There are two types of hearing loss. Well, three, if you count “mixed” – which is a combination of the two main hearing loss types.
- Conductive hearing loss — occurs when obstruction or damage to either the outer or inner ear prevents sound from traveling to the inner ear. Think ear infection, excess fluids or some foreign body that can block sound. Conductive hearing loss can often be corrected with medications or surgery.
- Sensorineural hearing loss — occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve pathway (those tiny hair-like cells). Think noise exposure, natural aging or even illness. Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and irreversible.
It’s estimated that 90 to 95 percent of people with hearing loss have the sensorineural type. The good news? Sound amplification, using hearing aids or cochlear implants, is the recommended treatment protocol for sensorineural hearing loss and is proven to be effective in nearly every case, depending on the severity of the loss.
To pinpoint your type of hearing loss and see how hearing aids can help you, schedule an appointment with a local hearing care professional today.