An audiogram, also known as a hearing test, can determine the level of severity of your hearing loss and can help determine the recommended course of action and treatment. After figuring out which part of your auditory system is damaged, your hearing loss can be categorized into three types: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss (combination of both).

Conductive Hearing Loss

Occurs when sound is not directed through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and bones of the middle ear efficiently. This type of hearing loss involves a decrease in the ability to hear faint sounds. It can often be corrected medically or surgically.
Common causes of conductive hearing loss:

  • Fluid in the middle ear from colds
  • Ear infection
  • Allergies
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Benign tumors
  • Impacted earwax
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Presence of a foreign body

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Referred to as the most common type of hearing loss, this occurs when there is damage to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. It reduces the ability to hear faint sounds, even when speech or sounds are loud enough to hear.  Most times, sensorineural hearing loss cannot be medically or surgically corrected.
Here are some common causes of sensorineural hearing loss:

  • Illnesses
  • Drugs that are toxic to hearing
  • Hearing loss that runs in the family (genetic or hereditary)
  • Aging
  • Head trauma
  • Malformation of the inner ear
  • Exposure to loud noise

Mixed Hearing Loss

When both conductive and sensorineural are in combination, they is significant damage to the outer, middle, and inner ear. The conductive part of the hearing loss can be treated medically, but the sensorineural part will be permanent.

At Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama, we know that there’s more to treating your hearing loss than prescribing hearing aids. Discover the difference at Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama, where you’ll find extensive evaluations, individual solutions and unparalleled follow-up care. We’ve been providing comprehensive hearing healthcare services to patients in the Dothan community since 1977. Contact us today!