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Otherwise referred to sensorineural hearing loss, this loss of one of your most important senses can have a variety of causes, including aging, prenatal and birth-related problems, heredity, viral and bacterial infections. Your loss of hearing can also be caused by an accident or trauma, exposure to loud noise, and fluid backup or a benign tumor in the inner ear.
Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of all sound. You are said to be experiencing hearing loss when speech or other sounds suddenly aren’t so clear. The noises you commonly hear may also sound distorted. Sounds may be accompanied by a ringing or buzzing sound that is constant or periodic. And, finally, if you have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise, you may want to seek help for hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss involves the outer and middle ear and may be caused by blockage by cerumen (earwax), a punctured membrane, birth defects, ear infection, or heredity. In most cases, this type of hearing loss can be treated medically, but surgery may also be needed.
Conductive Hearing Loss Signs & Symptoms
You are said to be experiencing conductive hearing loss when you perceive speech and other sounds as muffled, you experience ear pain or ear discharge, and you have redness or swelling of the outer ear. If you experience pressure or fullness in your ear, you may also be suffering from conductive hearing loss.
Mixed Hearing Loss
This condition is when you experience both conductive and sensorineural loss and can affect the outer or middle and inner ear.
Central Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss results from brain damage or impairment of the nerves that make up your nervous system, either in the pathways leading to the brain or located within the brain itself.
Signs and Symptoms of Central Hearing Loss
If you detect sounds, but you can’t process or understand the noises being perceived, you may be experiencing central hearing loss.
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