When damage occurs to the inner ear (tiny hair cells within the cochlea), or along the auditory nerve. Typically occurs gradually and continues to decline over time. Commonly worse in the higher frequencies. Often people say that they are able to hear, but cannot distinguish what is being said, or sounds as though others are mumbling.
Treatment largely depends on the cause and amount, or degree, of hearing loss.
Most often treated with hearing aids
Sensorineaural hearing loss is permanent and typically there are no medical or surgical options to correct it, aside from cochlear implant(s) for severe to profound hearing losses where hearing aids are no longer adequate.
When there is damage to the outer or middle ear or an obstruction which prevents the normal transfer of sound waves towards the inner ear. Those who experience a conductive hearing loss may find that voices and other sounds appear faint overall.
Depends mainly on the cause of the hearin loss and the degree
Can be either temporary or permanent
Many forms of conductive hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically. Hearing aids may be recommended if treatment does not return to normal levels, or when medical intervention is not an option.
Refers to a combination of Conductive and Sensorineaural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss results from damage in both the outer or middle ear as well as in the inner ear.
Depending on the amount of hearing loss, may be treated with medication, surgery, or hearing aids.