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If you have a hearing problem, it may be something wrong in your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to process impulses or both depending on your precise symptoms.

Brain function, age, general health, and the genetic makeup of your ear all play a role in your ability to process sound. If you have the frustrating experience of hearing a person’s voice but not being able to process or understand what that person is saying you may be dealing with one or more of the following kinds of loss of hearing.

Conductive Hearing Loss

When we tug on our ears, repeatedly swallow, and say over and over to ourselves with increasing annoyance, “There’s something in my ear,” we might be experiencing conductive hearing loss. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is decreased by issues to the middle and outer ear like wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and fluid buildup. Depending on the seriousness of issues going on in your ear, you might be able to understand some people, with louder voices, versus catching partial words from others speaking in normal or lower tones.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

In contrast to conductive hearing loss, which impacts the middle and outer ear, Sensorineural hearing loss impacts the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be stopped if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are damaged. Sounds can seem too soft or loud and voices can sound too muddy. You’re suffering with high frequency hearing loss, if you have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices or can’t separate voices from the background noise.

 

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