Which type of hearing loss do I have?

Self-diagnosis is not advisable, especially when it comes to health issues. It’s the same for hearing loss. Don’t surf the internet for advice or clues about what may be wrong with your health or hearing, go and see a hearing care professional. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing assessment. Our friendly and professional team of audiology consultants are only too pleased to help you.

Different types of hearing loss

If you think that you are suffering from hearing loss then consulting a professional audiologist will help define which type of hearing loss you may have. This will help you find the right hearing care solution. These are the main types of hearing loss. Usually each type is treatable with professional hearing care and hearing aids.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

The most common type of hearing loss is sensorineural. It is almost always permanent and occurs when the Cochlea, a hearing organ, and/or the auditory nerve is damaged or malfunctions. This prevents electrical information being accurately sent to the brain. It can be genetic or most commonly caused by natural aging, and exposure to loud noises as well as diseases or accidents. Hearing aids can help reduce the effects of sensorineural hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss occurs when there is a problem with your outer or middle ear. This interferes with passing sound to your inner ear. It can be caused by such things as too much earwax, ear infections, fluid build-up, and even abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. It is more common in children. Again, hearing aids can help reduce this type of hearing loss.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed Hearing Loss occurs when both Conductive Hearing Loss and Sensorineural Hearing Loss are present. The sensorineural component is permanent, while the conductive component can either be permanent or temporary. Mixed hearing loss can occur when a person with presbycusis, the cumulative effect of aging on hearing, also has an ear infection. You can prevent double trouble by wearing hearing aids.

Other types of hearing loss include auditory processing disorders, when the brain has problems processing sound, and deafness in one ear. These can be correctly diagnosed by professional audiology consultants and remedied with good hearing care advice and suitable hearing aids.

Whatever type of hearing loss you are suffering from get your hearing checked by a professional audiology consultant. The sooner you start wearing hearing aids the better. Your quality of life and those close to you will improve, audibly. Drop in to Clarisound for a free hearing care consultation.