There are lots of reasons why we lose our hearing. It may be related to age, it could be as a result of our hobbies or our work, or it could even be a temporary blockage that’s affecting what we hear.
The type of hearing loss that you have will depend on the part of the ear affected:
• Sensorineural (cochlea and/or auditory nerve) hearing loss is due to the deterioration of hair cells within the cochlea and/or the hearing nerve. This type of hearing loss often occurs as we get older or as a result of noise exposure.
• Conductive (middle ear) hearing loss is due to sound not passing easily to the inner ear, possibly from a blockage in the outer ear, such as excessive wax, or due to middle ear problems, such as congestion behind the eardrums, perforated eardrums or fixture of the middle ear bones.
• Mixed (cochlea and/or auditory nerve, plus the middle ear) hearing loss is due to a combination of the two other types of hearing loss.