Types of Hearing Loss

Are you suffering from hearing loss? You may not know that there are different types of hearing loss, and different treatments are used for each kind. At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, in Clifton Springs, Pittsford, and Canandaigua, we perform a series of hearing evaluations to uncover your specific type of hearing loss and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Here are the three types of hearing loss:

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss occurs when sound is not efficiently conducted through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and middle ear. People who suffer from conductive hearing loss usually experience a reduction in sound levels and may hear faint sounds. It is often caused by blockage from ear wax or fluid in the middle ear, as well as medical causes including an ear infection or allergies. It is usually corrected with medication or surgery.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

This is the most common type of hearing loss. It occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Sufferers have difficulty hearing faint sounds and speech can sound unclear or muffled. Sensorineural hearing loss usually cannot be medically or surgically corrected. It is often caused by illness, aging, or medication.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. It occurs when there is damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve.

At Clifton Springs Hearing Center, we’ll perform a series of tests to determine which type of hearing loss you have and which treatments are best for you. Come into our offices in Clifton springs, Pittsford, or Canandaigua, New York for a hearing test today.