When you start finding it harder to hear, it may surprise you to know that there are many different types of hearing loss. Here at Hearing Aid Concierge, our Hearing Specialist Wendy Meyer-Eberhard has over 20 years’ experience in helping people hear, and we’d like to share some of her knowledge about the different types of hearing loss out there.
The two main types of hearing loss
Conductive and sensorineural are the two main types of hearing loss. These may seem like strange words that don’t mean anything to you, so let’s take a look at them in more detail:
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is usually caused by a blockage in the ear stopping sounds from getting through. The good news is that it is often temporary. It’s often caused by a build-up of excess wax or fluid caused by an ear infection. These are usually easily treated with help from a medical practitioner and you will be able to enjoy a full range of sounds once more.
Sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural – if we break down the word, we get sensory – relating to the senses, and neural – relating to a nerve or the nervous system. This type of hearing loss refers to damage to the cochlear, part of your inner ear, or the hearing nerve that carries messages from the cochlea to your brain.
Causes and other issues
Sometimes conductive hearing loss can be caused by slightly more complex issues, such as a ruptured eardrum, or sometimes the small bones in the middle ear can stiffen and cause an obstruction. Minor surgery can often help to solve these problems.
There are many things that can cause sensorineural hearing loss, but most often it is simply down to either old age or prolonged exposure to loud noises. Many people who work with loud machinery have some level of hearing loss. Companies are getting better now at providing hearing protection, but it wasn’t too long ago when such health and safety measures were unheard of. Of course, it isn’t always just work-related. Loud music can be just as harmful to your hearing.
What to do if you think you have hearing loss
If you’re wondering if you might have hearing loss, it would be a good idea to book a hearing test, which can determine any hearing loss and the likely cause. With Concierge Hearing Aid Services, you can now have a hearing test at home in Orange County, San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles. All you need to do is schedule a visit. Our Hearing Specialist, Wendy Meyer-Eberhard will come out to your home and conduct a hearing assessment in the comfort of your own surroundings, making life just that little bit easier for you.