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There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.

A conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear.

A sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve. Damage can be caused by:

  • the natural aging process
  • exposure to loud or constant noise
  • ototoxic medications
  • illness or birth defects
  • hereditary
  • traumatic injury

A sensorineural hearing loss is typically a permanent type of hearing loss that usually can be helped with hearing aids.

A conductive hearing loss has the potential to be corrected surgically or can also be helped with hearing aids.

A mixed hearing loss occurs when someone has a combination of a sensorineural hearing loss and a conductive hearing loss.

If you have any questions regarding hearing or hearing aids, contact us at Yorkville Audiology.