Hearing loss affects millions globally, and can significantly impact quality of life. In this post, we’ll explore the various types of hearing loss, identify common causes, and discuss how early intervention can make a difference.


Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive Hearing Loss:

This type occurs when sound waves are blocked in the ear canal or middle ear. Common causes include ear infections, fluid in the middle ear, earwax build-up, and abnormalities of the ear drum or bones of the middle ear.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss:

The most common type of permanent hearing loss, sensorineural loss occurs due to damage to the hair cells in the cochlea or the auditory nerve. Causes can include ageing, exposure to loud noise, certain medications, and various health conditions.

Mixed Hearing Loss:

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss. It can arise when a person has a sensorineural hearing loss in addition to a condition that blocks sound transmission in the middle or outer ear..


Causes of Hearing Loss:

  1. Ageing:
    The natural ageing process, known as presbycusis, is a common cause of sensorineural hearing loss.
  2. Noise Exposure
    Prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage the inner ear, leading to noise-induced hearing loss.
  3. Medical Conditions:
    Health conditions such as otosclerosis, autoimmune diseases, and meningitis can affect hearing.
  4. Genetics:
    Genetic predisposition can play a role in hearing loss, especially in congenital sensorineural deafness.


Prevention and Early Detection:

Preventing hearing loss starts with understanding the risks and taking proactive steps, such as using hearing protection in noisy environments and avoiding prolonged exposure to loud sounds. Regular hearing assessments can help detect issues early, potentially slowing or halting the progression of hearing loss.


Understanding the types and causes of hearing loss is the first step towards effective management and treatment. At Hearbase, we offer comprehensive hearing assessments and tailor our treatment plans to meet your individual needs. Visit our clinic or contact us to schedule your hearing test today.

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