Types of Hearing Loss
Not all hearing loss is corrected through the use of hearing aids or alternative listening devices. Type of hearing loss determines the specific treatment required. There are three types of hearing loss:
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It occurs in the nerves when tiny nerve cells (called hair cells) in the cochlea are missing or damaged, and it is permanent.
What you can do: While there currently is no way to repair sensorineural hearing loss, hearing aids can help. However, early detection is critical, and you should contact a provider as soon as you suspect you may have hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Almost everyone occasionally experiences a mild form of tinnitus or ringing in the ears that may last for a few seconds to several minutes at a time. So, what is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like. It can be constant or intermittent and is heard in one ear, both ears or in the head. Tinnitus can originate in the middle ear (behind the eardrum) or in the sensorineural auditory system.
Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are: ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like. Tinnitus becomes a problem when it becomes more constant and can interfere with the ability to concentrate of sleep.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed: Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss.
What you can do: Contact a hearing provider to schedule a professional evaluation.