Although there are many TYPES of hearing loss, the most common type is SENSORINEURAL (also called “cochlear” or “inner ear” or “nerve loss”). The second most common type of hearing loss is CONDUCTIVE. Other types of hearing loss include mixed and central.
SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. More than 90 percent of all hearing aid wearers have sensorineural hearing loss. The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are; age related changes, noise exposure, inner ear blood circulation, inner ear fluid disturbances and problems with the hearing nerve. When the problem is in the inner ear, a sensorineural hearing loss occurs.
CONDUCTIVE HEARING LOSS
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the ear canal, eardrum or the tiny bones of the middle ear, resulting in a reduction of loudness of sound. Conductive loss may result from earwax blocking the ear canal, fluid in the middle ear, middle ear infection, obstructions in the ear canal, perforations (hole) in the eardrum or disease of any of the three middle ear bones.
People with conductive hearing loss may notice their ears seem to be full or plugged. This person may speak softly because they hear their own voice loudly. Crunchy foods, such as celery or carrots, seem very loud to the person with a conductive hearing loss and this person may have to stop chewing to hear what is being said. All conductive hearing losses should be evaluated by an audiologist and a physician to explore medical and surgical options.
To demonstrate a conductive hearing loss, gently close your ears with your fingers. This will give you the feeling of a conductive hearing loss… you’ll feel plugged-up, and you’ll feel a little hearing impaired. Interestingly, some people may tell you they don’t need hearing aids because they ONLY have a 30 decibel hearing loss. However, assuming you have normal hearing, when you plug your ears with your fingers, you will experience approximately a 25 decibel hearing loss – and you’ll quickly realize that even a VERY MILD hearing loss is quite irritating and disconcerting!
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Recognizing the need for hearing aids can be difficult because most hearing losses develop gradually, it is common not to recognize it right away. Gradually the sounds of chirping birds or rustling leaves disappear and you may not even notice. Many people do not become aware of the problem until it starts to affect speech recognition and communication.
Statistically, about 20 percent of Americans (48 million) report some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, one out of three people have a hearing loss. 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease.
Gradual hearing loss can affect people of all ages -- varying from mild to profound. Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Depending on the cause, it can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Degrees of hearing loss: mild, moderate, severe, or profound. Hearing loss is an invisible condition; we cannot see hearing loss, only its effects. Because the presence of a hearing loss is not visible, these effects may be attributed to confusion, depression, or withdrawn personality changes.
Noise-induced hearing loss may happen slowly over time or suddenly. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music, being in a noisy work environment, or using a lawn mower, can lead to hearing loss over many years.
Sudden, noise-induced hearing loss from gunfire and explosions is the number one disability caused by combat in current wars.
More often than not severe tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) will accompany the hearing loss and may be just as debilitating as the hearing loss itself.
Other causes of hearing loss include earwax buildup, an object in the ear, injury to the ear or head, ear infection, a ruptured eardrum, and other conditions that affect the middle or inner ear.