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Types of hearing loss

 

There are two main types of hearing loss:

1. Sensorineural – 95% of people with hearing loss have this type
2. Conductive - This type of hearing loss affects the other 5% of people

Sensorineural hearing loss

This type of hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve and occurs when the hair cells in the inner ear become damaged beyond recovery, just like grass that has been trampled on too many times.

Quite often a person suffering with this type of hearing loss will not recognise that they have a problem due to their hearing loss deteriorating over a very long period of time

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What should I do if I experience this type of hearing loss?

While a sensorineural hearing loss is irreversible, in the majority of cases the use of a hearing aid can be a vital step in helping to establish lost social ties, regaining confidence and regenerating a new lease of life. If you suspect you have this hearing loss, it is important to see a hearing specialist. Click here to find your local hearing centre and book a hearing test.

Conductive hearing loss

This type of hearing loss is the result of a physical blockage or structural problem with the outer ear. It can interfere with how the sound is conducted through the ear, making sound levels seem lower. In many cases this type of hearing loss can be corrected with medication or surgery so is often temporary.

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What should I do if I experience this type of hearing loss?

If you suspect that yourself or a loved one may have a hearing loss as described above then please take our free 3 minute online hearing test or book a no obligation hearing test today with your local hearing care professional. It could be the first step towards unleashing a new quality of life for you.

There are also two less common types of hearing loss:

Mixed hearing loss

This occurs when someone has a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This results in a disruption to the transmission of sound through the outer and middle ear as well as damage to the hair cells in the inner ear.

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What should I do if I experience this type of hearing loss?

Central hearing loss

Central hearing loss occurs when the cochlea (in the Inner Ear) is working properly, but other parts of the ear are not. This is the least frequent form of hearing loss and is often more difficult to treat.

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What should I do if I experience this type of hearing loss?

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