You’d be forgiven for thinking hearing loss is just that…hearing loss – and believe us, it’s very common to think it’s all just one of the same. 

But, did you that there is in fact 3 different types of hearing loss and knowing which one you have could mean a quicker, more effective treatment?

We don’t want to bombard you, so here’s what you need to know: 

 

#1 Sensorineural

Undoubtedly the most common form of hearing loss, sensorineural is the one that’s usually associated with old age, however, don’t let that fool you, as it’s also connected to your environment too. Often called ‘nerve related’ hearing loss, this one’s problem point is usually in the inner ear. Although irreversible, sensorineural hearing loss is effectively treated with hearing aids. 

 

Causes: 

  • Old age (or in some cases, genetics)
  • Frequent exposure to loud noises
  • Head injuries
  • Infections

Symptoms: 

  • Struggle hearing mildly sounded conversation, which often sounds like muffling
  • A constant ‘blocked’ feeling in the ears
  • Feeling overwhelmed in noisy and busy places and getting flustered
  • Tinnitus 

 

Problem points: Cochlea, or the little hair-like hearing nerve pathways in the inner ear (these are the things that carry all the information about loudness and clarity of sounds to your brain)

 

Anything you can do to help yourself?

The best thing you can do is understand that sensorineural hearing loss doesn’t go away by itself and more often than not needs to be treated. 

Our best advice is to get yourself booked in to see one of our friendly Audiologists – this will give you peace of mind that you’re in safe hands, and often we can tell you the best course of action there and then. 

Our number is: 832 703-1999 and we’re all too happy to book you an appointment on the spot. 

 

#2 Conductive 

Not as common as sensorineural, but still as intense, conductive hearing loss is due to problems in the ear canal, ear drum or middle ear. The good news about this one is that quick action to treat it can reverse the damage. 

 

Causes: 

  • Fluid in the middle ear (usually from a cold)
  • Ear infections
  • Malformation of outer ear/ear canal/middle ear
  • Perforated eardrum

 

Symptoms: 

  • Build up of earwax
  • High volumes appear lower
  • Build up of fluid in the middle ear that can be very sore
  • Anormal bone growth (rare)

 

Problem points: The outer ear, eardrum and the little bones in the inner ear

 

Anything you can do to help yourself?

You can start by helping yourself by investing in an ear cleanser or wax remover and actively de-blocking your ear manually. If, after doing so you feel the problem still hasn’t gone away, we’re here to help you. Dial 832 703-1999 and we’ll organise an appointment for you as soon as possible. Usually, we’ll be able to sort out the problem there and then – problem solved. 

 

#3 Mixed 

You won’t be shocked to learn that mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive causes and symptoms, and is by far the most rare of all the 3 types. 

The main causes of mixed hearing loss is a head trauma or infection, but patients suffering with this type can develop it from seemingly sensorineural causes, with conductive symptoms – very vice versa!

 

Anything you can do to help yourself?

For immediate convenience, adopt the conductive approach of cleansing or de-waxing your ear; you might find your symptoms automatically decrease.

If, however, you still have pain more aligned with Sensorineural symptoms, call us on 832 703-1999 and get yourself an appointment, as you might need hearing aids. 

 

You’re in very safe hands

 

Knowing the different types of hearing loss really does increase your chances of getting the best treatment and fast. At Allison Audiology, we’re specifically trained to identity each case and recommend the best course of treatment; we’re also very friendly and ensure you’re at ease throughout the whole process, as, we appreciate it can be a bit daunting at first. 

 

If you’re even a little bit unsure as to what type of hearing loss you’re suffering with, you’re welcome to give us a call on: 832 703-1999 and book a hearing test today, or, alternatively you can fill out our short form. 

 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.