HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Frequently Asked
Questions about
HEARING CARE

 

Evaluating Your Hearing

Hearing Loss in Adults

Hearing Loss in Children

Testing Hearing in
Babies and Children


Balance Assessment


Hearing Aids

Choosing Hearing Aids

Hearing With Two Ears



Glossary

CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

There are two main types of hearing loss:
(1) sensorineural ("nerve"), when there is damage to the inner ear or hearing nerve.
(2) conductive, when a problem such as ear infection, ear wax or a disease process blocks the normal flow of sound to the inner ear.

Over 90% of hearing loss in adults
is of the sensorineural type.

The most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss in older persons is presbycusis, which is the deterioration of the hearing system associated with normal aging and almost always can be helped with hearing aids. Some of the many other causes of sensorineural hearing loss are exposure to loud noise, heredity, head injuries or taking certain drugs.

Most conductive hearing losses, unlike presbycusis, are reversible with medical or surgical treatment. If you have a conductive hearing loss, your audiologist will refer you to an otolaryngologist for treatment.

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