Know the signs of hearing loss
About Your Hearing
Did you know?
- Hearing loss can develop gradually over many years.
- Symptoms can be so subtle that people don’t even realize they’re affected
- 1 in 10 people have poor enough hearing that they would benefit from hearing aid(s).
– only 20% of these people obtain hearing aid(s)
- 90% of all diagnosed hearing loss is sensorineural in nature
How does the ear work?
Your ear explained
How to recognize hearing loss
What are some of the signs?
Types of hearing loss
What are the differences?
Conductive Hearing Loss
occurs due to conditions of the outer or middle ear (i.e., wax blockage, ear infection, otosclerosis, eardrum perforation etc.) and is often treatable with medications or surgery.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
occurs due to conditions of the inner ear or sensory organ (cochlea and associated structures) or the vestibulocochlear nerve (cranial nerve VIII). SNHL accounts for about 90% of reported hearing loss.
Mixed Hearing Loss
is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. There may be a problem in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve.