People can experience three types of hearing loss, which can be permanent or reversible. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
Sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss that occurs in the organ of hearing (the cochlea) and the auditory nerve. This hearing loss happens from noise exposure, aging, taking medications that are harmful to the ear, malformations of the inner ear structures, etc. Fortunately, hearing aids and/or cochlear implants can treat this condition. At CSH, we work with a variety of hearing aid manufacturers to help you achieve your listening goals.
Conductive hearing loss occurs in the outer and middle ear space. This hearing loss can be from wax buildup, middle ear infections, scarring or issues with the eardrum, issues with the bones in the middle ear, etc. Treatment options include hearing aids, but an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician may also monitor patients. In some cases, medical intervention may be necessary for these patients.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Treatment can include hearing aids and intervention from an ENT.
At Columbus Speech & Hearing, we can help all individuals with all degrees and types of hearing loss. Call us today for an appointment!