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Hearing Loss Definition

Definition

Hearing loss is a decreased ability to hear. There are two main categories of hearing loss:

Conductive hearing loss due to something interfering with the sound passing to the inner ear

Sensorineural hearing loss due to damage to:

  • The major organ in the ear responsible for hearing (the cochlea)
  • The major nerve pathway (8th cranial nerve) and/or area of the brain responsible for hearing

The Anatomy of the Ear

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