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Hi Anon,

Hearing loss is not fatal; it 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.

For more information on hearing loss, please visit out Hearing Loss page.

April 17, 2011 - 3:59pm


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