Types of Hearing Loss

Your ear has three parts: Outer Ear, Middle Ear and Inner Ear. Hearing loss occurs when one or more of those portions has a problem.

There are 3 types of hearing loss:

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)

SNHL occurs when there is damage to  the inner portion of the ear and/or the auditory nerve.  SNHL is the most common type of hearing loss and is a result of damage to hair cells in the inner ear.

 

 

 

 

 

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the outer or middle portion of the ear.  This prevents sound from reaching the inner ear appropriately.  Most cases of conductive hearing loss can be treated with medication or surgery. When it cannot be treated with those means, most people benefit from the use of a hearing aid.

 

 

Mixed Hearing Loss

A mixed hearing loss occurs when there is a problem with the inner portion and either the outer or middle portion of the ear.  It is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.