What are the 3 types of hearing loss?

There are 3 types of hearing loss:

  1. Sensorineural hearing loss (nerve related deafness) indicates a problem in the organ of hearing or the nerve of hearing. There may be damage to the cochlea (inner ear), auditory nerve, or the auditory centers of the brain. An individual with a sensorineural hearing loss may benefit from a hearing aid, cochlear implant, communication therapies, other medical management depending on the degree of the loss or the cause of the loss.


  1. Conductive hearing loss indicates that there is a problem with the mechanism that conducts sound from the environment to the inner ear. Problems in the external auditory canal (outer ear), ear drum or the bones of hearing (the middle ear) may cause a conductive loss. This type of loss can often be corrected by medication or surgery. If it cannot be corrected, the individual can usually do very well with a hearing aid.


  1. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss


    Each year more than 12, 000 babies are born with a hearing loss. Hearing loss is the number one birth defect in the country. Approximately 1 in 1,000 newborns are profoundly deaf (significant permanent hearing loss).


       Paisley Olivia has bilateral cochlear implants

      Paisley has profound hearing loss in her left ear and severe-profound hearing loss in her right ear. Her sensorineural hearing loss comes from damage to her cochlea in each ear.

      Paisley went into surgery for her left cochlear implant on September 11, 2018 and for her right cochlear implant on November 16, 2018. (Refer to the video to learn how the implants are surgically done.) Paisley’s implants allow her to hear many sounds. With extensive therapy, she will be able to develop clear spoken language.

      Sporting activities as well as musical activities are options for cochlear implant users. Paisley has participated in gymnastics, dance, and will be taking piano lessons soon due to her strong love of music.

      There are tons of kids out in the world with cochlear implants who are living bold and fearless lives, are showing that diversity is beauty, and are inspiring those around them everyday.

      Do you know anyone with a cochlear implant? Want to know about Paisley’s journey? Let us know!

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