Types of Hearing Loss

Do you feel you or someone you know might be experiencing hearing loss? You’re not alone. Hearing loss affects millions of people worldwide, with an estimated 14.5 million people being affected in the UK by 2031. At Hidden Hearing, we hope to help – by unravelling some of the mystery and stigma that surrounds deafness and hearing loss.

Within this section, you will find:

  • The types of hearing loss there are
  • The signs and symptoms of each loss
  • The treatments and therapies available

In many cases, hearing loss happens gradually over time – you might miss the odd word every so often or need the television louder than you did previously. It’s important to get the help you need as early as possible when you feel you might be experiencing a degree of hearing loss - hearing loss can have serious effects on our health and everyday lives. It is estimated that about 4 million people could benefit from using a hearing aid who do not currently use them.

With an advance in modern technology, allowing us to have the latest iPods, televisions and experience at music festivals, our ears are even more at risk than ever to develop a loss earlier. It’s not only the older generations that can suffer from hearing loss, but also the younger generations too.

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of hearing loss for yourself and your loved ones so that you can know when it’s time to seek out help – we’re here to help you whenever you need it.

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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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