Hearing Loss – 3 Common Types That Might Be Effecting You
In this post Dr Clive Holloway explains the three common types of hearing loss.
1. Conductive Hearing Loss
2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss
3. Combined or Mixed Hearing Loss
The value we hope you get from watching it is an appreciation of where and how your hearing loss might be.
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Today I’m going to talk to you about the three common types of hearing
loss. This is the second part of our three part video series, and I hope
after this you will understand what type of hearing loss you have.
The first type of hearing loss I’m going to explain is what we would call a
conductive hearing loss. On the model of the ear, if there’s a conductive
hearing loss, the problem occurs either from the entrance of the ear canal,
in the eardrum, the middle ear chamber, or the three little bones. The most
common causes of a conductive hearing loss is either wax blockage stopping
the sound getting it through the eardrum, a hole in the eardrum itself,
fluid in the middle ear, or a breakage in the bones.
This is an audiogram of someone with a conductive hearing loss. There are
two important features that we’ll show you. The first one is we can see the
response to sound is down from the normal level, but when I test the inner
ear directly, the response from sound is much better.
On this audiogram, the person has a sensorineural hearing loss. Again, we
can see the response to sound needs to be louder than it should be, but the
little marks are all lined together.
When someone has a sensorineural hearing loss, the damage occurs in the
cochlea directly and the nerve that goes through to the brain.
This audiogram shows a mixed hearing loss. The results from the inner ear
are down in comparison to the normal level, but you can see the overall
hearing results are down even further. The mixed hearing loss involves all
the different parts of the ear, the outer, middle, and inner ear.
Just to summarise, we’ve spoken about a conductive, a sensorineural, and a
mixed hearing loss. People with a conductive hearing loss typically tend to
report everything has dropped in volume. People with a sensorineural
hearing loss typically tend to report they can hear but they can’t
understand what someone is saying, and a mixed hearing loss, it can be a
combination of those two symptoms.
Thank you for watching our video. Please tune in next week for the third
part in the series. If you’ve enjoyed this, please like us, provide a
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