Our ears are intricately designed instruments, and the process by which we receive and process sound is quite complex. But simply put, sound travels through the outer, middle and inner ear, triggering a number of actions that ultimately result in an electrical signal. This signal travels to the brain, allowing us to process and recognize sound. If any of the components or processes become impaired, it can result in hearing loss.
There are several types of hearing loss, including Conductive, Sensorineural or Mixed (a combination of the two). Hearing loss is graded mild, moderate, severe and profound and not by percentage of loss.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound cannot be processed through the ear canal, ear drum, or hearing bones in the middle ear.
This type of loss can be caused by a number of factors, including:
Often times, this type of hearing loss can be treated by various surgeries, procedures or medicines.
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage or deterioration of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.
This type of hearing loss can be the result of the following:
This type of hearing loss is often permanent but can be managed with hearing aids, cochlear implants or possibly medication.
Mixed hearing loss refers to a combination of both Conductive and Sensorineural hearing loss.
You may be experiencing hearing loss if you suffer from one or many of these symptoms:
Treatment options depend on the type and severity, and a consultation with one of our physicians can diagnose your problem and recommend proper treatment options. These options can include the following: