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If you experience some form of hearing loss, then you are not alone.

Hearing loss affects Australians of all ages and stages and can be acquired through a range of different causes. Each person’s hearing loss is completely unique to them – like a fingerprint. However, hearing loss does fall into three different categories.

Sensorineural hearing loss

This is the most common type of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is when the inner ear nerves are damaged. When these nerves and the delicate hair cells in the cochlea are damaged, they can’t transmit signals to the brain effectively. 
This leads to unclear or muffled speech and sound.

Causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • natural aging process (presbycusis)
  • exposure to loud noise
  • head trauma
  • illness or infection
  • certain medications
  • birth defects
  • and genetic or hereditary hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and cannot be reversed through medication or surgery.

Hearing aids are a very effective treatment for this type of hearing loss.

Causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • natural aging process (presbycusis)
  • exposure to loud noise
  • head trauma
  • illness or infection
  • certain medications
  • birth defects
  • and genetic or hereditary hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and cannot be reversed through medication or surgery.

Hearing aids are a very effective treatment for this type of hearing loss.

Mixed hearing loss

This is a combination of both types of hearing loss discussed above. This means there is damage or issues in the inner ear as well as either the outer or middle ear.

Factors that cause the above two types of hearing loss can combine to cause a mixed hearing loss.

Mixed hearing loss can be treated through a combination of medicine, surgical means and hearing aid technology.

Only a hearing health professional can accurately diagnose which specific type or types of hearing loss you are experiencing. If you suspect you might have hearing loss, make an appointment at your local ihear Clinic and speak with a Hearing professional.

Once they can pinpoint the issue, it’s onwards and upwards on your journey to better hearing health.

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