Hearing Loss Types

The solution to correcting hearing loss is dependent on the type f hearing loss and where the loss is located. Which is determined by comprehensive hearing evaluations at All ears

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Most of the time, Sensori Nueral Hearing Loss (SNHL) cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically.

Mixed Hearing Loss

When a conductive hearing loss occurs in combination with a sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL); a component of this type of loss may be corrected medically or surgically.

 

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.

SNHL reduces the ability to hear faint sounds. Even when speech is loud enough to hear, it may still be unclear or sound muffled.

Some possible causes of SNHL:

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones (ossicles) of the middle ear. Conductive hearing loss usually involves a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically.

Some possible causes of conductive hearing loss:

Mixed Hearing Loss

Sometimes a conductive hearing loss occurs in combination with a sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). In other words, there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve. When this occurs, the hearing loss is referred to as a mixed hearing loss.

 

*The information provided above is from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). www.asha.org/public/hearing