It is estimated that over 20 million Americans are affected by some degree of hearing loss. While some hearing loss may only minimally impact a person’s daily life due to the slight and/or temporary nature of their hearing loss, others experience significant communication difficulties.
Below, is information on the common types of hearing loss, their causes and treatment strategies.
A central hearing loss referred to as a central auditory processing disorder is a problem that lies in the central nervous system within the brain. In this type of hearing loss, the individual although having normal peripheral (outer and inner ear) hearing, experiences significant difficulty understanding conversation. This is especially apparent in groups of people or noisy environments due to the central nervous systems inability to filter competing auditory signals.