What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is classified into four distinguishing levels and two main categories.

What is hearing loss

Having been diagnosed with hearing loss, YOURLifeChoices member Jill is wants to know exactly what her condition is.

Q. Hello,

I recently had an appointment to get my hearing checked and was told that I had a mild level of conductive hearing loss. Are you able to explain to me what the different kinds of hearing loss are and how bad a mild level of hearing loss is?


A. Hearing loss is classified into four distinguishing levels by medical professionals as mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing loss. There are two main category types: conductive and sensorineural.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is blocked from reaching the inner ear in some way while sensorineural hearing loss occurs when impairment of sensory cells inside of the ear or neurological impairment compromises the reception of sound or understanding of language.

Some indictors of hearing loss are:

  • Asking someone to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty making out conversations in noisy places
  • Turning up the television or radio volume to a level that is too loud for others


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    Sophia John
    8th Jul 2014
    Conductive hearing loss results from a problem with the passage of sound through the outer ear and/or middle ear. Some common examples include:-
    • Excessive cerumen (earwax) in the ear
    • Perforation of the eardrum
    • Middle ear infection with fluid
    However, conductive loss accounts for only 10% of all hearing losses, and they range from mild to moderate in severity. The good news is that conductive hearing loss can often be medically treated. In many cases hearing can be completely restored. For more details: http://www.artofhearing.com.au

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