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Types Of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss is caused when sound is blocked in the outer or middle ear.

Common Causes:

  • Excessive earwax
  • Damaged eardrum
  • Ear infection or fluid in the middle ear
  • Stiffness in the bones of the middle ear (otosclerosis)

Most often a conductive hearing loss can be medically treated with high success and hearing aids are often very helpful in situations where the condition cannot be treated medically.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss occurs when the sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear are damaged and cannot send complete signals to the brain.

Common Causes:

  • Aging
  • Noise exposure
  • Hereditary factors
  • Oto-toxic medication

This type of hearing loss cannot be corrected with medicine or surgery and hearing aids can be very helpful.

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