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Types of Hearing Loss >>

Hearing loss can occur in either one of two ways, or a combination of both. An experienced audiologist can localize where in the hearing pathway the problem lays and classify that problem to one of the following three hearing loss groups:

Conductive Hearing Loss:
This type of loss results from diseases or disorders that limit the transmission of sound through the outer or middle ear. This kind of hearing loss can often be treated medically or surgically. In some cases, a hearing instrument is also suitable and can provide sufficient hearing improvement.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
This type of loss usually occurs due to damaged hair cells or the fine nerve endings inside the cochlea. In this case, sound is transmitted through the outer and middle ears, but the inner ear is less efficient in transmitting the sound. This leads to reduced perception of sound intensity and quality. This type of hearing loss is usually compensated by a hearing instrument that amplifies sound to overcome the decrease in hearing sensitivity.

Mixed Hearing Loss:
This type of loss results from the simultaneous occurrence of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Treatment options for this type of impairment include both medical intervention and hearing instruments.


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