Conductive hearing loss occurs in the ear canal or the middle ear, and is similar to an ear infection. Obstruction, such as fluid behind the eardrum or something as simple as ear wax, or other damage in the ear can cause conductive hearing loss.

What you can do: Doctors normally can treat conductive hearing loss without the use of hearing aids.This could be caused by something as simple as earwax buildup!

Conductive 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.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss 
(Nerve 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.

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:

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