Understanding Hearing Loss

Our Monterey Audiologist Can Explain What Causes Hearing Loss

There are many different causes of hearing loss, from genetics to inner ear damage caused by injury. At Central Coast Audiology, Inc., we are dedicated to educating our patients on the types of hearing loss before we fit you for hearing aids. Our Monterey audiologist wants to ensure you understand your condition and how we plan to address it.

Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is categorized by the degree, such as mild, moderate, severe, or profound hearing loss. Your deficit is typically determined by scheduling a hearing test with an audiologist who is trained in the field of hearing science. During this test, an audiologist will compare the level of volume the average person's auditory ability to the amount of volume loss you experience.

  • The types of hearing loss are as follows:
  • Conductive hearing loss: Sounds may be perceived as low, quiet, or muffled. The causes may include infections, earwax blockage, or more significant ear damage.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss: You may perceive tinnitus and difficulty hearing background noise, as well as muffled or unclear speech. The causes may include genetics, trauma, over-exposure to noise, and damage.
  • Neural hearing loss: You may have difficulty understanding dialogue and speech, especially background noise. The causes may include tumors, premature birth defects, genetics, and jaundice.
  • Mixed hearing loss: Mixed hearing loss is when a person suffers from more than one type of hearing loss, such as conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.