Yes, there are three different types of hearing loss and each one has different treatment options.
Conductive Hearing Loss: Sound can’t travel from the outer ear to the inner ear. This is often the result of a build-up of earwax, trauma to the ear or head, or from an ear infection. Typically, conductive hearing loss “turns the volume down” but doesn’t necessarily affect the clarity of your hearing. This can be treated through medical intervention so it is important to see a specialist if you are having any trouble with your hearing.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This is often the result of damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or within the hearing nerve. With sensorineural hearing loss, it’s not just that “the volume is turned down,” but your ability to understand speech is affected as well. Most of the time, the hair cells in the inner have been damaged due to aging or noise exposure, but sometimes, medications, cancer treatments or illness can cause deterioration.
Mixed Hearing Loss: This is a mixture of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. The best treatment is to see a specialist for the conductive portion as that can usually be treated medically, and to get hearing aids for the sensorineural part.