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Types of hearing loss

Many people incorrectly assume that all hearing loss is age-related. When you consider that children wear hearing aids, it is clear this assumption is false. There are many causes of and varying degrees of hearing loss. Hearing loss is generally classified as either Conductive, Sensorineural, or Mixed. Depending on the type and cause of a patients deafness, treatment can include surgery, medication, microsuction, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants and counselling. Please remember to schedule your appointment beforehand.

TYPES OF HEARING LOSS

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear.

It can be caused by ear infections, impacted ear wax, tumours, otosclerosis, eustachian tube dysfunction, perforated ear drum, trauma, or fluid in the middle ear.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there are problems with the inner ear and can also be referred to as nerve-related.This type of loss can be hereditary, age-related, noise induced; or can be caused by trauma, viruses, Meniere’s Syndrome, otosclerosis, disease or tumours.

Mixed hearing loss relates to a combination of sensorineural and conductive loss. Depending on the type and cause of a patient’s deafness, treatment can include surgery, medication, microsuction, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants and counselling.

Harmony Hearing offer clear and professional advice regarding your hearing and what best solutions are available to you. Patient centered, we are dedicated to understanding how your hearing difficulties are impacting on your everyday life.