ENT Doctors | 3 Types Of Hearing Loss


ENT Doctors | Hearing loss is something that can and probably will affect everyone in some capacity over the course of their life. Hearing loss occurs in different levels of severity and different types. Treatment from an ENT doctor will depend on what time and how severe it is with each specific person. Here are the 3 types of hearing loss.


Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is when sounds cannot travel past the outer and middle portions of the ear. Soft sounds are hard to hear and even louder sounds can seem muffled. To fix this type of hearing loss medicine or surgery can often be needed. The causes of conductive hearing loss can include: fluid build up in the middle part of the ear from colds/allergies, ear infection, a hole in the eardrum, earwax stuck in the ear canal or an object stuck in the outer ear.


Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs after damage to the inner ear. This type of hearing loss can be caused by problems with the nerves from the inner ear that travel to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Some of the primary causes are illnesses, genetic hearing loss, aging, blunt force to the head and listening to loud noises.


Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is when both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss occurs at the same time. In this case, there can be damage to all three sections of the ear (inner, middle and outer). Mixed hearing loss occurs when different types of symptoms occur simultaneously. You may have an ear infection and be experiencing loud noises at the same time. These types of hearing loss can be the most severe because they affect all the parts of the hearing system.

If you are experiencing hearing loss you need to contact the ENT doctors at National Allergy & ENT. Their team of ENT doctors will help you treat your hearing loss and give you tips to avoid further damage in the future.