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If you have a hearing problem, it could be a problem with your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to translate signals or both depending on your precise symptoms.

Age, general wellness, brain function, and the physical makeup of your ear all contribute to your ability to process sound. You could be dealing with one of the following kinds of hearing loss if you have the aggravating experience of hearing people talk but not being able to understand what they are saying.

Conductive Hearing Loss

You may be suffering from conductive hearing loss if you have to continuously swallow and tug on your ears while saying with growing annoyance “There’s something in my ear”. 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. Depending on the severity of problems going on in your ear, you could be able to understand some people, with louder voices, versus catching partial words from others speaking in normal or lower tones.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Where conductive hearing loss can be triggered by outer- and middle-ear issues, Sensorineural hearing loss impacts the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be blocked if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are damaged. Sounds can seem too loud or soft and voices can come across too muddy. If you can’t distinguish voices from background noise or have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices particularly, then you may be suffering from high-frequency hearing loss.