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If you have a hearing problem, it might be a problem with your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to translate impulses or both depending on your specific symptoms.

Your ability to process sound is determined by several variables like overall health, age, brain function, and genetics. You might be dealing with one of the following kinds of hearing loss if you have the frustrating experience of hearing people talk but not being able to comprehend what they are saying.

Conductive Hearing Loss

When we yank on our ears, repeatedly swallow, and say again and again to ourselves with increasing irritation, “something’s in my ear,” we might be suffering from conductive hearing loss. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is decreased by issues to the middle and outer ear such as wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and buildup of fluid. You might still be able to hear some people with louder voices while only partly hearing people with lower voices depending on the severity of your hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Where conductive hearing loss can be triggered by outer- and middle-ear problems, Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be stopped if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are injured. Voices might sound slurred or unclean to you, and sounds can sound as either too high or too low. You’re suffering with high frequency hearing loss, if you have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices or can’t differentiate voices from the background noise.

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