If you have hearing loss it also affects your family and friends. Maybe the loss has been gradual, perhaps a little more sudden. Either way, it’s worth understanding what kind of hearing loss you’re living with. A professionally done hearing test can determine this.
In general, we differentiate between mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing loss up to complete deafness. Deafness is referred to as the complete inability to hear sounds. In some cases, only one ear is affected (unilateral hearing loss) while in most cases both ears are affected (bilateral hearing loss). Three different types of hearing loss have been identified, which also differ in their treatment.
Below is a brief explanation of the different types of hearing loss:
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
SNHL is a type of hearing loss that occurs when there’s damage in the inner ear (cochlea) or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain (retrocochlear).
This type of hearing loss is mostly irreversible and is best treated with a hearing aid. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This problem occurs when the nerve is functioning correctly, but the sound has trouble physically getting to it. This type of hearing loss often involves a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds.
This type of hearing loss can be permanent or temporary. Common causes of conductive hearing loss are the presence of impacted earwax, ear infections or perforation of the tympanic membrane.
Sometimes this hearing loss can be treated medically. If not, hearing aids help to remedy conductive hearing loss.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Mixed hearing loss refers to the presence of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
While a medical treatment might remedy the aspect of conductive hearing loss, hearing aids are necessary to offer further help in order to compensate for mixed hearing loss.
No matter the cause of your Hearing Loss, wearing a correctly prescribed and fitted Hearing device can help dramatically increase your quality of life.
DO YOU NEED A HEARING TEST?
When you are suffering from hearing loss, the first sounds that are ‘lost’ and are harder to hear are sh, th and f. That is why people with hearing difficulties say they can hear speech but can’t understand what is being said and it often appears as though everyone is mumbling.
The problem is further exasperated when there is background noise, even just a kettle or especially when in a noisy restaurant or food court.
As we get older, regular hearing tests should be a part of our healthcare routine. Hearing loss can come on so gradually that we sometimes fail to notice the signs.
With our clinically validated online hearing test, you will be able to understand your hearing level right away. Just take the simple test and get accurate results fast.