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Before you consider looking for an affordable hearing aid, it is good to review the type of hearing loss you are suffering from. The degree of hearing loss can vary. Loss of hearing occurs when any part of the ear or the auditory system has been affected and stops to work the normal way. The auditory system is made up of:
• Outer ear consisting of the canal, the pinna, and the eardrum.
• The middle ear consisting of the eardrums and ossicles, which are small bones which send eardrum’s movement to the inner ear.
• The inner ear contains the cochlea, the semicircular canal responsible for balance, and the nerves.
• The auditory nerve that sends information relating to sound to the brain from the ear.
• The auditory system which is the pathway responsible for processing sound information as it moves from the ear to the brain.
There are three types of hearing loss. These are conductive hearing loss as well as sensorineural hearing loss, mixed hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss: This occurs when there is an obstruction in the outer ear or the middle ear. It could be as a result of the formation of fluid, ear wax or tumors. The sound fails to get to the inner ear due to this obstruction. A surgical treatment option or medicine can be chosen to address the issue. However, you can also use a discreet hearing aid.
Sensorineural hearing loss: This type happens when the hair cells and inner nerves get damaged as a result of age, loud noise, or other things. The pathways from your inner ear to the brain are affected. Most of the conditions that result from this type of hearing loss cannot be treated through surgical means. Using an invisible hearing aid can help.
Mixed hearing loss: This is a combination of both the conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss.