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The many walks of hearing loss

Knowledge is power. And the more we know about our hearing health, and the different types of hearing loss that might affect it, the better off we all are.
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Hearing loss types - The complete guide

What are the types of hearing loss?

There are many different varieties of hearing loss, some more common than others. Sometimes a hearing loss can be as simple as too much earwax or a temporary ear infection. Other times can be more severe—an injury, type of illness, or more rare types such as Auditory Neuropathy.
Types of hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. This broader category includes many different types of hearing loss, including age-related hearing loss.
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Conductive hearing loss

A conductive hearing loss happens when sound is obstructed inside the ear canal or in the middle ear. The blockage prevents incoming sounds from properly traveling through the inner ear and down to the cochlea.
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Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is the combination platter of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
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Bilateral hearing loss

A bilateral hearing loss refers to reduced hearing in both ears. This is more of a higher-level, general category of hearing loss, since most cases have some effect on both ears.
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Noise-induced hearing loss

Too much noise = good vibrations but also bad hearing later down the line. Loud music feels good, but has a hidden cost.
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Too much wax?

It's true that earwax buildup can create blockages. Your mother was right: "Get that wax outta your ears!" (but let the doctor do it!).
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Types of hearing loss

Age-related hearing loss

More often than not, the most common type of hearing loss happens to all of us—aging. 
Age-related hearing loss is a form of sensorineural loss that happens as our nerves and hearing ability start to wear down over time.
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What is tinnitus?

Ringing in the ears

Tinnitus is one of the most commonly searched topics related to hearing. Over the years, earbuds have started to look normal. (Remember when we thought people were talking to themselves while using earbuds?). Now with headphones and speaker systems getting louder and louder, tinnitus cases have been on the rise.

The main symptom of tinnitus is the feeling of ringing in your ears. Except, for many people the ringing doesn't stop, and the high-pitched noise is "heard" regularly. We use the word heard in quotes because the ringing in the ears isn't actually a noise, but an illusion. Doctors liken it to the phantom limb!

Tinnitus is not a form of hearing loss, but can be an important precursor, or alarm bell. Instead of hearing a noise, tinnitus tricks a brain into imagining a sound where it doesn't exist.
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