Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones (ossicles) of the middle ear. Conductive hearing loss usually involves a reduction in sound level or the ability to hear faint sounds. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically. Some possible causes of conductive hearing loss:
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Some possible causes of SNHL:
Drugs that are toxic to hearing
Hearing loss that runs in the family (genetic or hereditary)
Sometimes a conductive hearing loss occurs in combination with a sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). In other words, there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve. When this occurs, the hearing loss is referred to as a mixed hearing loss.
If the hearing loss is mostly conductive, speech tends to sound understandable, but only if it's loud enough and there isn't too much background noise. If the hearing loss is mostly sensorineural, there may be difficulty understanding speech, even when it seems loud enough.
The Hearing & Audiology staff at Zenith Clinic is dedicated to helping people of all ages who have hearing concerns. We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, hearing aid sales, fitting, and follow-up services for the most advanced digital hearing aids available.
If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, a medical evaluation is recommended:
Visible congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear
History of active drainage from the ear within the previous 90 days
History of sudden or rapidly progressive hearing loss within the previous 90 days
Acute or chronic dizziness
Unilateral hearing loss of sudden or recent onset within the previous 90 days
Visible evidence of significant cerumen (wax) accumulation or a foreign body in the ear canal
Pain or discomfort in the ear
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a hearing loss, and a hearing evaluation with an audiologist is recommended:
Difficulty hearing in background noise
Difficulty understanding women’s and children’s voices
“I hear fine, but it sounds like people mumble!”
Speech sounds are muffled
Turning the TV or radio louder than others
Asking people to repeat; saying “huh” or “what” often
Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
Ears feel stopped up
Hearing Loss Prevention
Did you know that hearing loss from noise is 100% preventable? To avoid noise-induced hearing loss, wear hearing protection around loud noises, such as when using lawn equipment or power tools, when driving motorcycles, or when attending noisy events such as concerts or truck or car racing or entertainment events. The noise from firearms is so loud that just one time without hearing protection can cause permanent hearing loss. Special hearing protection earmuffs should be worn anytime using firearms.
Hearing loss from overuse of loud music can be prevented, as well. If your child maxes out the volume for five or more minutes a day, they could be permanently damaging their hearing. Most of the music devices today, have a volume control limiting function, and can be downloaded onto some older models also. For safety, set the volume line at 60% or less of the player’s maximum level.
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