Which of These 3 Types of Hearing Loss Do You Suffer From?
The loss of your hearing is a detriment not only to you, but how you interact daily with the world. For many whether at work or performing hobbies, it’s not something they even think about. Once your hearing is damaged, it’s not something that is regenerative. There are devices that can aid to boost your damaged hearing, but nothing that can bring it back to its original state. With that being said, if you do already have any form of hearing loss there are three variations that you should know about. By narrowing down which one you have, it may help prevent any further damage so you can get the help you need.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Out of the 30 million American that are currently suffering from hearing loss, just about 13 percent of them can be factored to sensorineural hearing loss. This can be caused by just a one-time exposure to a loud sound, or repeated exposure to various loudness levels over a period of time. You can be talking as something as simple as a rock concert or working around heavy machinery daily without proper hearing protection. Medically speaking, the damage occurs to the tiny hair cells located inside your cochlea. This is a part of you inner ear that’s involved in hearing sounds. The cells inside the cochlea actually respond to mechanical vibration by sending an electrical signal to your auditory nerve. Over time, these tiny hair like stereocilia may unfortunately become damaged or broken thereby leading to hearing loss of high frequencies.
- Old age
- Being exposed to loud sounds
- An unfortunate medical venture
- Traumatic injuries
- Very loud sound over a long period of time
- Infections of varying nature
Conductive Hearing Loss
This is a much less common form of hearing loss that specifically affects the outer or middle ear, usually if there is damage or an obstruction impacting it. If this is the case, hearing loss is created by the loss of conduction to the inner ear. The causes can be split into which part of the ear is affected, the outer or middle:
- Wax buildup
- Swimmers ear
- Objects inserted into the ear
- Tumors or growths that form within the middle ear
- A break in the connection between the bones of the middle ear
- When there is a buildup of fluid
Mixed Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss is fairly self-explanatory. It’s a mixture of either of the aforementioned types of hearing loss. The causes normally occur if there is some form of major trauma to the ear. Also, it can happen over time due to one hearing loss being compounded by another one.
The symptoms will be a combination of the two listed previously in this article.
How Can AXIL Help?
Over here at AXIL, we currently offer a few different options of listening devices and hearing aids that can aid in your day to day life. Both of them utilize the AudiCORE (AC) technology. This allows literally zero pause from the sound breaking to hitting your device. It’s one of many things that make things special here at AXIL.
The Clear Flex I-Open Ear/Behind-The-Ear Device and Spectre Open-In Ear Hearing Device both offer great fit and function, no matter the activity. The Edge 90 and Edge 360 are our custom molded electronic in-ear plugs offer that have variable modes and sound settings. Finally, our SmartFIT Hearing Test & Programmer is our very own tester that can read your hearing abilities at home or on the go.
Every single one of our hearing aid products come with the option to use our Liquify Waterproofing process. As with anything that has daily use, things get dirty and gross. This sealing process protects both the internal and external components from dirt and grime.
When it’s all said and done, your hearing is your responsibility. No one knows your hearing better than you. Be aware in the environments that you’re in and take precautions whenever possible. Your hearing isn’t something that you can magically get back, take care of it.
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