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If you have a hearing problem, it could be something wrong in your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to translate signals or both depending on your exact symptoms.

Age, general wellness, brain function, and the genetic makeup of your ear all play a role in your ability to process sound. If you have the aggravating experience of hearing a person’s voice but not being able to process or understand what that person is saying you may be dealing with one or more of the following types of loss of hearing.

Conductive Hearing Loss

You could be experiencing conductive hearing loss if you have to continuously swallow and yank on your ears while saying with growing annoyance “There’s something in my ear”. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is decreased by issues to the outer and middle ear like wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and buildup of fluid. You might still be capable of hearing some people with louder voices while only partly hearing people with lower voices depending on the severity of your hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Unlike conductive hearing loss, which affects the middle and outer ear, Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be blocked if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are damaged. Voices could sound slurred or unclean to you, and sounds can come across 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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