What are the causes of hearing loss? |

This important question can be almost always be answered by a routine hearing test. There are three general categories of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, or mixed type. There are many underlying causes and treatments for each type of hearing loss.

Sensorineural – This is the common type of hearing loss as we get older. There are many causes of sensorineural hearing loss including age, genetic predisposition, medicines, abnormal development, noise exposure, tumors, and infections. Sensorineural hearing loss is typically treated with hearing aids, but occasionally antibiotics, steroids, or even surgery is necessary.

Conductive – Examples of conductive hearing loss include, wax, fluid behind the eardrum, disease, and abnormal middle ear bones. This is usually a problem with the middle ear or outer ear and is treated by hearing aids, surgery, wax removal, or medicines.

Mixed – Mixed hearing loss represents a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. This hearing loss can be treated a number of different ways. CornerStone’s healthcare providers will discuss all your treatment options with you.