Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves are impeded during transmission to the cochlea. Ear wax, infections, fluid in the middle ear, perforations of the eardrum and otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear) are the some common causes of conductive hearing loss. Most outer and middle ear problems can be effectively managed with medical intervention.

Conductive hearing loss anatomy diagram

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs due to damaged hair cells in the cochlea or a retrocochlear pathology. A loss of signal to the auditory cortex results in hearing loss. Common causes include aging, noise exposure, genetics, etc. Sensorineural hearing loss cannot be corrected with medication or surgery.

Sensorineural hearing loss anatomy diagram

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss can range from mild to profound.
Mixed hearing loss anatomy diagram

Signs of Hearing Loss

Do you ask people to repeat themselves, especially in background noise? Patients often choose to avoid these environments which can lead to seclusion and isolation. Communicating in complex listening environments can be possible with appropriately prescribed amplification or treatment options.

Treatment Options

These complex listening environments can be tackled with traditional hearing aids, bone conduction devices (BCDs), or
Cochlear Implants (CIs).

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