Let’s take an in-depth look at the three types of hearing loss along with the causes and treatments:

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and its little bones (the malleus, incus, and stapes).

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is due to problems of the inner ear, also known as nerve-related hearing loss.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is caused by a combination of conductive damage in the outer or middle ear and sensorineural damage in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve.

Treatments for Mixed Hearing Loss

Audiologists recommend taking care of the conductive component first. There have been times when the addition of the conductive component made the person a better hearing aid candidate, by flattening out the audiogram for example, while the underlying sensorineural component presented a high-frequency loss. However, the emphasis would still be on treating medically what can be treated. Generally, you would expect positive results.


No matter which type of hearing loss you have, this video courtesy of the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), emphasizes the importance of treating your hearing loss because untreated hearing loss can have a negative impact on your health. For more information about HHF, visit HearingHealthFoundation.org.