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Types of hearing loss

Types of hearing loss

There are three types of hearing loss — sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss.



Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It occurs when the inner ear nerves and hair cells are damaged — perhaps due to age, noise damage or something else. Sensorineural hearing loss impacts the pathways from your inner ear to your brain. Most times, sensorineural hearing loss cannot be corrected medically or surgically, but can be treated and helped with the use of hearing aids.


Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss is typically the result of obstructions in the outer or middle ear — perhaps due to fluid, tumors, earwax or even ear formation. This obstruction prevents sound from getting to the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss can often be treated surgically or with medicine.


Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is just what it sounds like — a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.





There are four clinically labelled degrees of hearing loss


Mild

If you have mild hearing loss, you may hear some speech sounds, but will have difficulty with soft sounds.


Moderate

If you have moderate hearing loss, you’ll struggle to hear/understand speech when someone is talking at a normal level.


Severe

If you have severe hearing loss, you will hear little-to-no speech when spoken at normal levels, and hear only some loud sounds.


Profound

If you have profound hearing loss, you may only hear very loud sounds and no speech at all.


As with any medical condition, it’s best to know what you “have” before deciding what to do about it. A consultation with Somerset Hearing, and our 4 step process will help you to better hearing.


You can book your appointment in Taunton for a Hearing Test today by using our Online booking portal or by calling 01823 475 113




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