Did you know that there are three different types of hearing loss — conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss? The type of hearing loss a person has will dictate the treatment required. If you suspect that you or a loved one has some hearing loss we recommend you schedule hearing testing at a licensed hearing clinic like Rochester Hearing & Speech Center. Through a series of specific tests and consultations, our audiologists will determine what kinds of hearing aids and other treatments a patient needs to be able to hear and communicate more comfortably and effectively.
Read on to learn about the three main types of hearing loss:
Conductive: This type of hearing loss is typically the result of a blockage in the middle ear, which dulls all incoming sound. The first step in treating this kind of hearing loss is to clear the ear canal of possible obstructions and check for air-bone gaps. Afterwards, an audiologist will recommend more hearing testing, and prescribe hearing aids if necessary.
Sensorineural: This type of hearing loss is more permanent than the conductive type. While conductive hearing loss occurs in the middle ear, sensorineural hearing loss results from problems in the inner ear and auditory nerve system. It is often treated with hearing aids, but these are an imperfect solution at best — all hearing aids do is amplify sound, but even audible sounds can sound unintelligible and distorted to a person suffering from sensorineural hearing loss. Sometimes, this type of loss results from other treatable health conditions.
Mixed Hearing Loss: Both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss can occur in the same ear. The conductive aspect of the hearing loss can be treated as usual — by clearing blockages and making the ear better able to conduct sound. The sensorineural aspect will likely still be permanent.
If you have been experiencing hearing loss, Rochester Hearing & Speech Center is here to help and offers hearing testing to patients of all ages. To set up an appointment, please give us a call at (585) 271-0680. To learn more about our other services, visit the website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.