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Types and Causes of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss:

Conductive hearing loss can be correctable.  Often times, it is temporary.  Causes of conductive hearing loss can stem from middle ear or outer ear problems.  These causes include:

Conductive hearing loss can be treated by removing wax, or with medicine / surgery.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss / Nerve Deafness:

The most common type of hearing loss is Sensorineural hearing loss.  90% of all adult hearing issues are in this category.  Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by aging, as well as noise.  With sensorineural loss:

This type of hearing loss can occasionally be treated with surgery, but most commonly is treated with amplification (hearing instruments.  For more information about surgical procedures, consult a physician.

Mixed Hearing Loss - Both conductive and sensorineural losses occur at the same time.

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