Hearing Disorder

A general term used to describe any disruption in the normal auditory process. This can include hearing loss, tinnitus, and other conditions that affect the way people hear.

What Are The Types of Hearing Disorders?

There are many different types of hearing disorders, but some of the most common include:

  • Conductive hearing loss: This type of hearing loss is caused by a problem in the outer or middle ear, which prevents sound from reaching the inner ear.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss: This type of hearing loss is caused by a problem in the inner ear or auditory nerve, which prevents sound from being properly processed by the brain.
  • Mixed hearing loss: This type of hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Tinnitus: This is a condition that causes ringing, buzzing, or other noises in the ears.
  • Auditory processing disorder: This is a condition that affects the way the brain processes sound.

What Are The Most Common Hearing Disorders? 

The most common hearing disorders are conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. These two types of hearing loss account for about 90% of all hearing loss cases.

What Disorder Causes Hearing Loss? 

There are many different disorders that can cause hearing loss, including:

  • Noise exposure: Exposure to loud noise can damage the hair cells in the inner ear, which can lead to hearing loss.
  • Age: Hearing loss is more common in older adults.
  • Genetics: Some people are born with hearing loss due to genetic mutations.
  • Infections: Some infections, such as meningitis and rubella, can damage the inner ear and lead to hearing loss.
  • Medications: Some medications can cause hearing loss as a side effect.
  • Trauma: An injury to the head or ear can cause hearing loss.

What Is An Example of a Hearing Problem? 

An example of a hearing problem is difficulty hearing in noisy environments. This is a common symptom of sensorineural hearing loss.

If you are experiencing any hearing problems, it is important to see an audiologist for evaluation. An audiologist can diagnose the cause of your hearing loss and recommend treatment options.