TYPES OF HEARING LOSS AND DEGREES OF SEVERITY

TYPES OF HEARING LOSS AND DEGREES OF SEVERITY

FROM PERSON TO PERSON, HEARING LOSS CAN VARY BY TYPE, CAUSE, AND DEGREE OF SEVERITY


Depending on the type and severity of your hearing impairment, treatment plans and processes with differ slightly. Understanding the possible types of hearing loss as well as their causes can help you to better understand your own hearing impairment. In general, there are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. There are also four agreed upon levels of hearing loss severity: mild, moderate, severe and profound. All four degrees of severity can be found in most types of hearing loss.


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TYPES OF HEARING LOSS

Conductive hearing loss is more of an issue of physical blockage than sensorineural hearing loss. This type if hearing loss occurs when sound is actually unable to pass through the middle ear and into the inner ear. With this type of hearing loss, much of the sound is lost before it even has time to reach the hair cells or brain for processing. There are many reasons one may suffer from conductive hearing loss. Some of the most common are excess earwax buildup, a birth defect called Otosclerosis, ear infections, fluid buildup or a punctured eardrum.

DEGREES OF SEVERITY


On most scales, the quietest sounds that people with mild hearing loss are able to interpret range from about 25-40 dBA. 40 dBA is about the same noise level as a faint birdcall. With this degree of hearing loss, people will have difficulty keeping up with conversations, especially with multiple communication partners or in noisy environments. Mild hearing loss can be treated with most hearing aid models.

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