There are several types of hearing loss, including:
Conductive Hearing Loss: This type of hearing loss occurs when sound is not able to properly pass through the outer ear and into the inner ear. This can be due to issues such as a build-up of earwax, a ruptured eardrum, or problems with the bones in the middle ear.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This type of hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve pathways that transmit sound from the inner ear to the brain. This type of hearing loss is typically permanent and can be caused by exposure to loud noise, aging, disease, or genetic factors.
Mixed Hearing Loss: As the name suggests, this type of hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
Regarding hearing loss, there are several types including conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and central hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in the outer or middle ear that prevents sound from being conducted effectively to the inner ear. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve pathways that transmit sound from the inner ear to the brain. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Central hearing loss is a rare type of hearing loss that occurs when there is damage to the central auditory system in the brain.
If you suspect that you have hearing loss, it is important to see an audiologist or hearing specialist for a comprehensive hearing evaluation. An audiologist can help determine the type and cause of your hearing loss and recommend the appropriate treatment options.