We are able to hear sounds when sound energy goes through the three main structures of the ear, which includes the external ear canal, middle ear, and inner ear. The middle ear is separated from the ear canal by the eardrum. The inner ear contains the cochlea, which is the main sensory organ of hearing. When you experience hearing loss, it means that one or more of these structures is damaged.
What are the types of hearing loss?
The type of hearing loss is determined by which part of the ear is affected.
- Conductive hearing loss: sound energy is blocked before it reaches the inner ear, which may occur in situations such as when earwax or a growth is blocking sound.
- Sensorineural hearing loss: sound reaches the inner ear but a problem in the inner ear or the auditory nerves prevents proper hearing, which occurs with noise-induced and age-related hearing loss.
- Mixed hearing loss: both the conductive and sensorineural systems are affected.
- Central hearing loss: in this type, the ear works but the brain has trouble understanding sounds because the parts that control hearing are damaged, which occurs with head injury or stroke.
Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss may affect many aspects of your life. Healthpointe now offers audiology services in Anaheim, California. Audiology services at Healthpointe includes hearing tests and evaluations, diagnosing and treating hearing loss, balance or speech problems, and other hearing disorders such as tinnitus. Contact Healthpointe today to receive diagnostic and treatment services for your hearing loss.
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