Types of Hearing Loss

Nearly 15%* of the UK population have some degree of hearing loss or hearing impairment, and naturally many are unsure what to do about it. At Hidden Hearing, we hope to help – by unravelling some of the mystery and stigma that surrounds deafness and hearing loss. *Source RNID and Office For National Statistics.

For most people, hearing loss happens slowly – you begin to miss the odd word of conversation or have to turn the television volume louder. If you’re starting to experience hearing problems, please don’t worry: it will happen to us all at some point in life.

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    Noise Induced Hearing Loss

    Noise Induced Hearing Loss is caused by damage to the hair cells of the hearing organ (cochlea) caused by exposure to higher than normal levels of noise.

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    Age Related Hearing Loss

    There are many different forms of hearing loss and by far the most common form is age related hearing loss.

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    Sensorineural Hearing Loss

    Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is one of the most common types of hearing loss. It occurs due to damage of the hair cells in the cochlea (found in the inner ear) or to the nerve pathways which lead from the inner ear to the brain.

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    Genetic Hearing Loss

    Genetic hearing loss can be either progressive or non-progressive. Progressive hearing loss means that the loss of hearing becomes worse or more significant over time where as in the case of non-progressive hearing loss it remains stable over time.

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    Congenital Hearing Loss

    The term congenital implies the presence of a defect at time of birth, therefore congenital hearing loss is where a hearing loss is present at time of birth.

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    Conductive Hearing Loss

    Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds cannot pass freely through the eardrum, then the outer ear or past the tiny bones, known as ossicles, in the middle ear. It can occur on its own or be experienced alongside sensorineural hearing loss.

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    Unilateral Hearing Loss

    Unilateral hearing loss is when a person experiences a normal level of hearing in one ear while their other ear has a hearing loss of some degree.

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    Bilateral Hearing Loss

    Bilateral hearing loss can be classed as being conductive or sensorineural which are two classifications of loss. It is important to have all forms of hearing loss thoroughly investigated and properly diagnosed by a appropriately qualified professional.

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