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If you have a hearing issue, it might be a problem with your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to process impulses or both depending on your precise symptoms.

Your ability to process sound is influenced by several factors such as overall health, age, brain function, and genetics. If you have the annoying experience of hearing a person’s voice but not processing or understanding what that person is saying you may be dealing with one or more of the following kinds of loss of hearing.

Conductive Hearing Loss

When we tug on our ears, repeatedly swallow, and say over and over to ourselves with growing aggravation, “something’s in my ear,” we could be suffering from conductive hearing loss. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is decreased by issues to the middle and outer ear including wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and buildup of fluid. You may still be able to hear some people with louder voices while only partly 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. Injury to the inner ear’s hair-like cells or the auditory nerve as well can stop sound signals from going to the brain. Sounds can seem too soft or loud and voices can sound too muddy. You’re experiencing 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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