Types of Hearing Loss

  • Conductive hearing loss involving the outer and/or the middle ear
  • Sensory hearing loss involving the cochlea
  • Neural hearing loss involving the VIIIth cranial nerve
  • Central hearing loss involving the brainstem and auditory pathways
  • Mixed hearing loss involving the middle ear and cochlea
  • Sensorineural hearing loss involving the cochlea and neural pathways

Contributory Health Issues

  • Cardiac symptoms
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer treatments
    • Chemotherapy agents
    • Radiation in and near the auditory pathways
  • Sinus symptoms
  • Ear drainage
  • Cerumen (wax) impaction