There are three types of hearing loss including: sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss. Your audiologist will determine the type of hearing loss based upon your hearing evaluation results.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It occurs when inner ear hair cells or the auditory nerve are damaged. This damage causes a poor transmission of sound signals to the brain. The most common treatment for a sensorineural hearing loss is the use of hearing aids.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is the result of medical issues that affect the outer and/or middle ear. All conductive hearing losses should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician to determine the cause of loss. Conductive hearing losses can often be treated medically or surgically. If medical treatment is not an option, traditional or bone conduction hearing aids may be considered to improve hearing.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Mixed hearing losses should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician to determine the cause of the loss. Treatment course options will be determined by the physician.