Types of hearing loss

There are three major types of hearing loss:

  • Sensorineural
  • Transmission
  • Mix loss
Approximately 85% to 90% of deaf people have hearing loss of sensorineural kind. The site of this problem is usually located in the cochlea or inner ear. The problem may also lie in the auditory nerve (8th nerve), but these are rare cases, so-called retro-cochlear hearing loss.

As explained in the auditory functioning, these are the sensory cells of the inner ear are damaged or destroyed, causing a hearing problem to varying degrees. High-pitched sounds are usually the first to suffer from invisibility, gradually followed by all the sounds in the auditory degradation. So at the beginning of the problem, only parts of words are difficult to grasp.

The transmission loss is located in the outer ear and / or the middle ear. Frequently, the rigidity of the ossicles provides this hearing loss transmission. The Joint loss affects the middle ear and the inner ear simultaneously. Consult your specialist for a detailed explanation of the exact location of your hearing problem.