Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss will result if there is damage to any one of the three key sections of the auditory system

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be the result of damage to any one of these sections:

  • Causes in the Outer Ear

    Typical problems with the outer ear include ear wax and infections of the auditory canal. Usually, addressing these problems is quite easy. But it is important to act quickly to avoid hearing damage.

  • Causes in the Middle Ear

    Inflammation, fluid behind the eardrum, perforations of the eardrum and otosclerosis (a stiffening of the bones in the middle ear) are the most common problems to interfere with middle ear function. Most outer and middle ear problems can be addressed effectively with medication or surgery. If this is not possible, permanent hearing loss can be compensated with a hearing aid in most cases.

  • Causes in the Inner Ear

    Most permanent hearing issues concern the inner ear. The most common cause is the natural ageing process, however loud noise, taking some types of medication, or skull fractures can also have a negative influence on a person’s hearing ability. These influences damage the fine hair cells and affect the transmission of signals to the auditory nerves. Usually, inner ear hearing loss cannot be addressed medically. This type of hearing loss is best addressed with a hearing aid. Hearing loss caused by an outer or middle ear defect is called conductive hearing loss. Damage to the inner ear, is called sensorineural hearing loss. If both types occur together, the condition is called mixed hearing loss. If you or someone you love is concerned about hearing loss, call True Hearing today to get the facts and explore the right solutions for you.

Hearing loss can have many causes. But in most cases, hearing loss can be addressed successfully. Call us now on (03) 9889 4915 to book your appointment.

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