Do I have bad hearing?
Rather than an individual having “bad hearing”, it’s much better to categorise hearing loss into three distinct types: sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss and mixed hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing lossSensorineural hearing loss is the most common type, which often arises when the hair cells and nerves within the inner ear are damaged, often due to the natural aging process, which we refer to as age related hearing loss. This means that the nerves no longer transmit sound signals effectively from your ear to your brain. Without healthy hair cells the ear cannot detect sounds properly. The most suitable means of correcting this type of hearing loss is via amplification and the assistance of a hearing aid, but your local hearing clinic will be able to prescribe the best hearing solution for your needs, hearing loss and lifestyle.
Conductive hearing lossIs usually the result of obstructions in the outer or middle ear, which prevent sound from entering the middle ear. In this case, you might still hear but the sounds will appear distorted, softer, muffled or faint. Most conductive hearing losses are treated medically.
Mixed hearing lossIs a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Therefore, “bad hearing” isn’t a phase we use. However, if you feel like you do have sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss or mixed hearing loss, we are here to help. We would be happy to provide the details of a local hearing centre, or you can call 0800 042 0000 if you have any specific questions about “bad hearing”.