There are several types and causes of hearing loss. Proper treatment is dependent on a full assessment to determine the degree and configuration of the loss. At Physicians Hearing Care, we work closely with the Ear Nose and Throat Consultants of East Tennessee. This team approach to treatment means patients receive any medical intervention necessary to address the cause of a hearing difficulty along with the expert hearing rehabilitation from our highly trained audiologists.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are two main types of hearing loss, conductive and sensorineural.

Conductive is when there is a blockage or abnormality that prevents the passage of sound from the out er ear to the inner ear. This often temporary and can be treated medically. We’ll work with the specialists at Ear Nose and Throat Consultants of East Tennesse to coordinate your treatment.

Sensorineural occurs when there is damage to the hair like hearing cells within the inner ear. This is the most common type and typiccally age related or noise induced Sensorineural loss is typically treated with hearing aids.

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss.

The videos below help explain the types of hearing loss.