Different Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when the eardrum, bones and membranes don’t properly transmit vibrations to the cochlea. (5% of people with hearing loss have this type.) Sensorineural hearing loss is characterized by deterioration of the hair cells cochlea. (95% of people with a hearing loss have this type.)Mixed hearing loss involves a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Causes of Senorineural Hearing Loss

Most often a hearing loss develops gradually and painlessly. Hearing loss can be caused by:

  • The natural aging process
  • Exposure to loud or constant noise
  • Inherited medical conditions
  • Illness
  • Traumatic injury
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Tumors
  • It can also be hereditary