Conductive hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss and it takes place in the outer or middle ear. It often results from a blockage to the ear that makes it harder for sound to reach the brain. Some possible causes are:
- Swimmers ear.
- Excess wax in the outer ear.
- Sudden holes in the eardrum from a loud noise.
Sensorineural hearing loss takes place when there is damage to the inner ear. Typically, the tiny hairs in the inner ear that conduct sound in the cochlea are damaged. However, it may also be caused by damage to the nerves that take sound to the brain.
Some possible causes:
- Genetic factors
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Repeated exposure to loud noise
While the conductive part of the hearing loss may be treatable medically, the sensorineural part will usually require amplification technology.
Do you suspect you have hearing loss?Only a hearing care professional will be able to say for sure what type you may have.