Are there different types of hearing loss?

Yes. There are three types of hearing loss:

  1. Sensorineural: The most common type, it occurs when the inner ear nerves (and hair cells) are damaged and do not properly transmit auditory signals to the brain. Can be treated with hearing aids.
  2. Conductive: Is typically the result of obstructions in the ear. Can usually be treated medically or surgically.
  3. Mixed: A combination of sensorineural and conductive.