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Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear and/or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in the outer or middle part of the ears, which will in turn affect the way sound is transmitted to the inner ear.

This type of hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Strokes and central nerve diseases can cause this type of hearing loss.


The Degrees of Hearing Loss

Soft noises are not heard. The understanding of speech sounds is difficult in a loud environment.

Soft and moderately loud noises are barely heard. The understanding of speech becomes very difficult if background noise is present.

Moderately Severe
Group discussions will become difficult.

Conversations have to be conducted loudly. Group conversations are possible with a significant amount of effort.

Some very loud noises are heard. Without a hearing aid, communication is no longer possible.



Tinnitus is a symptom that is associated with many types of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health related problems. It usually described as clicking, buzzing, whistling, and hissing. There are roughly 50 million Americans who have experienced some form of tinnitus. As audiologists, we can help alleviate that ringing in your ears via hearing aids, tinnitus maskers, and counseling.


In-Ear Musician Monitors (IEMS) and Musicians plugs:

Musicians are exposed to high levels of noise for long periods of time, therefore providing custom earplugs and monitors are crucial to protecting their hearing. IEMS are electrical earplugs that are useful for protecting the musician's ears from very loud amplification systems. Musicians who do not need amplified playback could benefit from musicians plugs.