Knowing about your hearing health, and the different types of hearing loss that might affect it, helps you to detect or prevent a hearing loss. Explore the types below. If you are curious about your hearing abilities try out the online hearing screening.
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.
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. It can conductive, sensorineural or mixed.
There are many different reasons and causes. Sometimes a hearing loss can be as simple as too much earwax or a temporary ear infection. Let's look into the more common causes such as age and noise:
Our ears often gets worn down with age
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 hearing loss that happens as our nerves and hearing ability start to wear down over time.
Too much noise = good vibrations but also bad hearing later down the line. Loud music feels good, but has a hidden cost. Other factors such as noisy work environment, DIY jobs at home with noisy tools can also cause hearing loss.