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Hearing loss can take several forms. Hearing loss is defined as the lack of hearing in one or more of your ears. Whether the problem originates in your inner or outer ear. Here are the types of hearing loss that are most common and why they happen.

Conducive hearing loss. This type of hearing loss occurs in the middle or outer ear. The signs that you may have conducive hearing loss include hearing muffled sounds or a quality of hearing that is sub-par. In this type of hearing loss, the crispness of what you hear may actually be fine, but you likely find yourself asking people to repeat themselves often, because the sounds you hear are more quiet.
This type of hearing loss is typically caused by an infection in your middle ear, a problem moving the bones in the middle ear, a puncturing of the eardrum, or wax blockage. Typically, these problems are all fairly easily corrected with proper medical treatment.
Sensorineutral hearing loss. If you have sensorineutral hearing loss, you have a problem understanding a lot of what is said around you. It's the quality of speech that is affected. Many people who have sensorineutral hearing loss also complain of hearing a specific noise, such as a particular high-pitched tone or a ticking sound.
You can't typically cure this problem with medical treatment, so you'll likely need a hearing aid. This problem is normally caused by damage to in the inner ear. You may have gotten this type of hearing loss from having a recent illness with a fever, hearing loud noises over a long term, head injury, or simply from the natural aging process.