Types of Hearing Loss

Advanced Hearing & Balance Specialists Hearing Loss

Most people know at least one person with hearing loss. This is because it is common; we mean really common. Turns out, it is the third most common physical condition in Utah and throughout the country, behind only arthritis and heart disease. For a condition this common it should come as no surprise that there are a number of possible causes.

Hearing Loss in St. George, Utah

These causes are broken down into three specific types of hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss occurs when there are problems with the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear. Causes include:

  • Structural deformities
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Ear infection
  • Allergies
  • Impacted earwax
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Foreign objects in the ear
  • Otosclerosis
  • Benign tumors

Conductive hearing loss is typically treated by your Hurricane audiologist through the use of surgery or medication.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss is also referred to as nerve deafness. It involves problems with the inner ear. Causes include:

  • Aging
  • Noise exposure
  • Trauma
  • Viruses
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Otosclerosis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Malformations of the inner ear and tumors

Sensorineural hearing loss is typically treated with the use of hearing aids.

Mixed Hearing Loss

As the name suggests, this type of hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural. If someone is suffering from mixed hearing loss they will have a problem with their inner ear as well as an issue with their middle or outer ear.

In order to treat this type of hearing loss your Advanced Hearing & Balance audiologist will first determine the cause of your conductive hearing loss before moving on to treat your sensorineural hearing loss.

In addition to determining this, your audiologist will need to determine the degree, which can range from mild to profound. They will also determine if you are suffering from monaural or binaural hearing loss.

Unilateral hearing loss, also called single-sided deafness, affects one ear only. Bilateral hearing loss affects both ears.

As you can see, there are a number of causes to determine before your audiologist can put together a treatment plan. Before any of this is done you will first need to pick up the phone and make an appointment. Call Advanced Hearing & Balance to start down the road toward better hearing today.