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Three types of ear damage

There are many causes of hearing loss. Some are preventable, while others occur no matter how careful we are to protect our ears. Thankfully, revolutionary advances in medical technology have made it possible for many types of ear damage to be treated. Understanding hearing loss can be difficult, which is why we have broken the three main types of hearing loss down, and provided basic information regarding why these conditions occur.

The Three Common Types of Hearing Loss

Sesorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs due to issues with the inner ear. This type of hearing loss is often nerve related. It can be passed on genetically, virally, or can happen when a person experiences
• Head trauma
• Exposure to excessive noise
• Meniere’s and other diseases
• Complications due to tumors
• Or aging.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when a person experiences ear damage within the canal, drum, or middle ear, as well as the small bones that make up the ear. This can happen due to natural causes such as ear canal, middle ear, or outer ear malformation or dysfunction within the Eustacian tube. Other causes can be
• Ear infections
• Earwax that becomes impacted within the canal
• Ear canal infection
• Foreign objects in the ear
• Otosclerosis
• Benign tumors
• Trapped fluid in the middle ear
• Or a perforated ear drum.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss occurs due to a combination of effects from sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Patients may suffer from ear damage within the ear canal, middle ear, inner ear, or their auditory nerves.

Just as there are many causes of ear damage and resulting hearing loss, there are many treatments available to relieve symptoms. For more information on the types of ear damage, causes, and treatments, visit Hearingloss.org. This website also offers an amazing support network for those suffering from ear damage and hearing loss, as well as support for families and friends. If you have some spare time, check out their video series to learn more about hearing loss and ear damage.