With over 5% of the global population having hearing loss, it is more common than most realize. Including Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Conductive Hearing Loss, Mixed Hearing Loss, and Sensorineural Hearing Loss, the types of hearing loss are differentiated by what part of the ear is damaged.
Hearing loss is caused by a number of reasons including birth complications, genetics, chronic ear infections, excessive noise exposure, types of medical conditions, drug use, and age. Depending on the type of hearing loss, treatment options include assistive devices, cochlear implants, hearing aids, sign language, and surgery.
Take time to research hearing loss so you are informed on what it is and available treatment options. In the following infographic, Online Hearing provides an overview of hearing loss.