What are the main types of hearing loss?
The main types of hearing loss are differentiated based on which part of the ear is damaged:
- Sensorineural hearing loss - this is the most common type of hearing loss and is usually permanent. Sufferers experience that the clarity and amplification of sounds are affected, making people's voices sound.
- Conductive hearing loss - is caused by damage in the external and / or middle ear and, in most cases, it is medically treatable.
- Mixed hearing loss - In some cases, both aspects of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss are present; this is referred to as mixed hearing loss.