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Enhanced Hearing Center - Springfield, MO

Woman can't hear the television while watching with friends.

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

Brain function, age, general health, and the genetic makeup of your ear all contribute to your ability to process sound. You could be dealing with one of the following kinds of hearing loss if you have the aggravating experience of hearing people speak but not being able to comprehend what they are saying.

Conductive Hearing Loss

When we tug on our ears, continuously swallow, and say again and again to ourselves with growing irritation, “There’s something in my ear,” we could be suffering from conductive hearing loss. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is lessened by problems to the middle and outer ear including wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and buildup of fluid. You might still be capable of hearing some people with louder voices while only partially hearing people with lower voices depending on the severity of your hearing loss.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Where conductive hearing loss can be induced by outer- and middle-ear problems, Sensorineural hearing loss impacts the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be blocked if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are injured. Voices might sound slurred or unclean to you, and sounds can sound as either too low or too high. You’re suffering with high frequency hearing loss, if you have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices or cannot separate voices from the background noise.

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