Why do you need to see an audiologist if you already know you have hearing loss? You may not know your type of hearing loss. There are three types, and each is treated differently. At Leesburg Family Hearing in Leesburg, Virginia, we can perform tests to determine the type and severity of your hearing loss and design the best treatment plan for you.

Here are the three main types of hearing loss:

  • Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear. It can be caused by fluid or another blockage in the ear, a malformation of the ear, allergies, ear infections, or other factors. Treatment options include surgery and hearing aids.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by problems with the inner ear. It can stem from exposure to loud noise, head trauma, certain viruses and diseases, genetics, aging, and more. Depending on the cause, this type of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants.
  • Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, reflecting damage to both the inner and outer ear. It can sometimes be improved by medically treating the conductive hearing loss, which makes the patient a better candidate for a hearing aid.

If you’re in the Leesburg,Virginia area and are suffering from hearing loss, schedule an appointment with Leesburg Family Hearing today.