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Sensorineural Hearing Loss
The most common type of hearing loss that involves damage to the hair cells and auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent and treated with hearing aids. Medical or surgical treatment often cannot correct it. Potential causes include:
Conductive Hearing Loss
Caused by obstructions in the the outer or middle ear that blocks sound from reaching the inner ear. This form of hearing loss may be treated with medical or surgical intervention. Potential causes include:
Mixed Hearing Loss
This is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
More often than not, a family member or close associate may recognize that you have a hearing loss first. However, the symptoms below indicate a potential hearing loss:
Asking for frequent repetition
Having the TV at a very loud volume
Poor speech understanding in noisy environments
Not understanding women's and children's voices well
Complaints about other people mumbling
Ringing in the Ears