length of tubes, nerves, bones, and a variety of other items. Somewhere along the way, something is not right and that results in hearing loss. Doctors use various hearing test procedures to determine where the loss has occurred and if it can be fixed.
Conductive loss involves issues within the outer and middle parts of the ear. In most cases, these issues can be resolved and auditory function can be restored. For various reasons, sound waves don’t make their way to the inner ear. This can be caused by problems with the ear canal, the eardrum, the bones inside the middle ear, the cavity within the middle ear, the openings into the inner part of the ear, or even the Eustachian tube.
Within the cochlea of the ear, about 30,000 nerve endings exist which help conduct sound waves to the brain through the acoustic nerve. Sensory loss refers to damage that has been done to those nerve endings, while neural loss refers to damage somewhere along the acoustic nerve. The term sensorineural hearing loss is used when damage is found in both the cochlea and the acoustic nerve. This type of damage is one of the hardest to tre