Types of Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss


There are many types of hearing loss, and each type affects individuals in different ways. At Ahrens Hearing Center, we prescribe treatment based on the type and severity of your hearing loss. This information is obtained through extensive testing. We serve patients in Paramus, Hackensack and the surrounding communities in northern New Jersey.

With the potential to develop at any age, hearing loss may be caused by several different factors. Properly identifying the cause of your impairment is the first step of the development of your treatment plan.

Your hearing loss can fall into three different classifications: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Referred to as "nerve deafness", sensorineural hearing loss most frequently occurs within the inner ear rather than the hearing nerve. Some causes of acquired sensorineural hearing loss are:
• Noise exposure
• Viral infection
• Tumors
• Trauma
• Medications
• Disease

Conductive Hearing Loss
Occurs when the outer or middle section of the ear prevents sound from being transferred to the inner ear. The most common sources of conductive hearing loss are ear infections or impacted ear wax, but other causes may be:
• Allergies
• Poor Eustachian tube function
• Benign tumors
•The presence of a foreign body
• A perforated eardrum
• The malformation of the outer or middle ear or ear canal

Mixed Hearing Loss
Combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors, mixed hearing loss usually occurs when a person has permanent sensorineural hearing loss and then develops temporary conductive hearing loss.


No matter the type of hearing loss that is experienced, the effects are often the same. Hearing loss not only affects the person suffering, but also the people close to them. Conversations become difficult and even unbearable, social situations are less enjoyable, and, in addition, many other aspects of life are affected.


During your visit to Ahrens Hearing Aid Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey one of our professionals will perform a complete hearing evaluation to diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss.

Call (201) 794-0120 to learn more about hearing loss treatment.

There are many types of hearing loss, and each type affects individuals in different ways. At Ahrens Hearing Center, we prescribe treatment based on the type and severity of your hearing loss. This information is obtained through extensive testing. We serve patients in Paramus, Hackensack and the surrounding communities in northern New Jersey.

With the potential to develop at any age, hearing loss may be caused by several different factors. Properly identifying the cause of your impairment is the first step of the development of your treatment plan.

Your hearing loss can fall into three different classifications: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Referred to as "nerve deafness", sensorineural hearing loss most frequently occurs within the inner ear rather than the hearing nerve. Some causes of acquired sensorineural hearing loss are:
• Noise exposure
• Viral infection
• Tumors
• Trauma
• Medications
• Disease

Conductive Hearing Loss
Occurs when the outer or middle section of the ear prevents sound from being transferred to the inner ear. The most common sources of conductive hearing loss are ear infections or impacted ear wax, but other causes may be:
• Allergies
• Poor Eustachian tube function
• Benign tumors
•The presence of a foreign body
• A perforated eardrum
• The malformation of the outer or middle ear or ear canal

Mixed Hearing Loss
Combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors, mixed hearing loss usually occurs when a person has permanent sensorineural hearing loss and then develops temporary conductive hearing loss.


No matter the type of hearing loss that is experienced, the effects are often the same. Hearing loss not only affects the person suffering, but also the people close to them. Conversations become difficult and even unbearable, social situations are less enjoyable, and, in addition, many other aspects of life are affected.


During your visit to Ahrens Hearing Aid Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey one of our professionals will perform a complete hearing evaluation to diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss.

Call (201) 794-0120 to learn more about hearing loss treatment.