There are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems in the outer or middle ear that prevent sound from reaching the inner ear. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
This is the most common type of hearing loss we see and is typically caused by aging, ear infections or noise exposure. This type of loss is typically progressive and treated by using hearing aids with a personalized prescription to match the hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss is less common and involves some obstruction or problem in the middle ear. Although hearing aids are a typical treatment, one would typically need to see an ENT to make sure there wasn't a medical treatment or other intervention available.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing losses. This means there is inner ear damage and an issue in the middle ear. While hearing aids are often the treatment, one typically needs an evaluation with an ENT doctor first.