Did you know that, after arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss – from mild hearing loss to profound hearing loss – is the third most common physical condition? The three main types of hearing loss include Conductive Hearing Loss, Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL), and Mixed Hearing Loss. Each type of hearing loss comes with its own set of causes and treatments.

Hearing loss is an invisible condition, of which we can only see or measure the effects, and sometimes the causes (for example, earwax buildup, tumors, and other obstructions. Also, it can affect people of all genders, races, and ages.

Fortunately, skilled ENT specialists are available to help us better understand, diagnose, and treat hearing loss.

Generally, there are three main types of hearing loss:

  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
  • Mixed Hearing Loss

Let’s take a closer look at these types of hearing loss, including their various causes and possible treatments.

  1. Conductive Hearing Loss

Typically, Conductive Hearing Loss is caused by:

  • A build up and impact of earwax.
  • A foreign object in the ear.
  • An ear canal infection or some other ear infection, such as otitis media, when fluid accumulation interferes with eardrum and ossicle movement.
  • A perforated eardrum.
  • Allergies.
  • Benign tumors.
  • Middle ear fluid, generally caused by colds.
  • Outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structure malformation.
  • Poor function of the Eustachian tube.
  • Otosclerosis, a hereditary disorder that causes bony growths to form around a small middle ear bone and prevents vibration stimulated by sound.

Some common ways to treat Conductive Hearing Loss include medical applications, surgical removal or repair, and conventional hearing aids.

  1. Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)

Most often, Sensorineural Hearing Loss – or SNHL – is caused by:

  • Simple hearing loss that runs in your family, including the hereditary disorder Otosclerosis
  • Aging.
  • Trauma to the head.
  • Some disease or virus, including autoimmune inner ear disease and Meniere’s Disease.
  • Exposure to loud noises, whether it happens slowly and over time or is sudden, such as gunshot- or explosion-induced hearing loss.
  • Inner ear malformation.
  • Tumors.

Similar to Conductive Hearing Loss, SNHL can be treated with medical applications, drug therapy, surgical removal or repair, conventional hearing aids, and even cochlear implants.

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  1. Mixed Hearing Loss

Physicians use the term “Mixed Hearing Loss” to refer to a combination of Conductive Hearing Loss and Sensorineural Hearing Loss. With Mixed Hearing Loss, there could be damage to both the outer or middle ear and the inner ear or an auditory nerve.

As such, treatment for Mixed Hearing Loss depends on the different causes for the hearing loss, which generally means a blend of treatments used for Conductive Hearing Loss and Sensineural Hearing Loss.

Believe You’re Suffering from Hearing Loss?

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, contact Dr. Joshua P. Light right away. Serving the Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and surrounding areas, our team is available to help you determine whether you’re suffering from hearing loss and, if so, which kind and how to proceed with treatment. Give us a call today at (561)-349-6645 or request your initial appointment online.

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