Hearing loss can be categorised as Sensorineural, Conductive and Mixed
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of loss and can be caused by permanent damage to the hair cells or auditory nerve in the inner ear. As a result, this disrupts the pathway of the sound signal and prevents sound from being transmitted to the brain.
Most common complaint with this type of hearing loss is the inability to hear sounds clearly that are more noticeable with high pitch sounds. Hearing speech in background noise, birds singing, or the doorbell ringing may also be challenging to hear.
People with sensorineural hearing loss often benefit from hearing aids and in some cases cochlear implants.