Hearing loss is a chronic or long-term loss of one’s ability to hear sound. It can range from mild to profound, affect one ear or it can affect both ears, and it could be temporary or permanent.

Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is a problem with the outer and middle parts of the ear canal including the eardrum. These problems can range from a large wax build-up in the ear canal, to a middle ear bone disease, to an infection. It can occur alongside sensorineural hearing loss or independently. Conductive hearing loss can be treated in numerous ways depending on the cause of hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a type of hearing loss in which the root cause lies in the inner ear, or central processing center of the brain. This form of hearing loss can be mild, moderate, or severe – leading to total deafness. SNHL usually occurs as a person ages but can be genetic, a side effect of certain drugs, caused due to excessive noise, or even occur during pregnancy. Hearing aids and cochlear implants can aid individuals who suffer from this form of hearing loss.

Levels of Hearing Loss

When an individual can hear fine when sound is coming from directly in front of them and there are no other prevalent noises. Hearing becomes an issue once more noises are present.
When an individual cannot hear many speech sounds. Conversations start to become difficult to maintain.
Only loud noises are audible and communication is very difficult.
The equivalent of deaf, most noises are inaudible.
Loss of hearing in one ear. This can cause many side effects since an individual may not be able to tell where sounds are coming from.

The above descriptions are not meant to serve as a diagnosis. They are meant as a reference to those seeking information about hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Treatment

The most important step is visiting an Audiologist. As with any medical condition, self-diagnosis is a not suitable solution. Audiologists are trained medical professionals who have years of expertise in dealing with hearing loss and it’s encompassing side effects. Your medical background will be reviewed and extensive tests will be conducted to determine the presence of hearing loss. If hearing loss is identified, your audiologist will be able to provide the appropriate treatment.

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