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Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss


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Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. Not all hearing loss is present at birth.

Temporary hearing loss can be caused by fluid or Otitis Media (most commonly called ear infections).

Permanent hearing loss may result from:

  • Factors affecting the mother during pregnancy or factors affecting the baby after birth.
  • Genetics, head injuries, certain infections such as meningitis, or medications.
  • Aging and noise exposure.
 

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can occur if any part of the hearing system (the outer ear, the middle ear, or the inner ear) is damaged. Your hearing loss may be described as conductive, sensorineural, or mixed.

Conductive Hearing Loss

With Conductive Hearing Loss sound is heard as weak or muffled. Conductive hearing loss is caused by damage, disease, or malformation of the outer or the middle ear. The sound waves are prevented from reaching the inner ear.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

With Sensorineural Hearing Loss sound is heard as weak or distorted. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage, disease, or malformation of the inner ear. The inner ear and/or the hearing nerve cannot send the proper electrical impulses to the brain.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both Conductive and Sensorineural hearing loss.

View our main Hearing Aid Services page for more information about our hearing solutions.  And visit North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat for Cary audiology, Chapel Hill audiology, Durham audiology, and Roxboro audiology!

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