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Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss or hearing impairment happens when there’s a problem with one or more parts of the ear. Here are hearing loss types list.

1. Conductive hearing loss
This happens when there is a problem with a part of the outer or middle ear. Most people with conductive hearing loss have a mild hearing loss and it is usually temporary because in most cases medical treatment can help.

2. Sensorineural hearing loss
This happens when the cochlea is not working correctly because the tiny hair cells are damaged or destroyed. Depending on the loss, a person may be able to hear most sounds (although they would be muffled); may be able to hear in quiet but not in noise; only some sounds; or no sounds at all. Sensory hearing impairment is almost always permanent and a someone’s ability to talk normally may be affected.

This also happens when there is a problem with the connection from the cochlea to the brain. Neural means related to nerve, so neural hearing loss means the nerve that carries the messages from the cochlea to the brain is damaged.

3. Mixed hearing loss
If hearing loss is the result of both conductive and sensorineural components, it is known as mixed hearing loss.

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