If you have a hearing issue, it might be something wrong in your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to process impulses or both depending on your specific symptoms.
Brain function, age, overall health, 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 comprehend what they are saying.
Conductive Hearing Loss
When we yank on our ears, continuously swallow, and say over and over to ourselves with growing annoyance, “something’s in my ear,” we might be suffering from conductive hearing loss. Issues with the middle and outer ear like fluid in the ear, a buildup of wax, ear infections, or damage to your eardrum all decrease the ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain. You might still be able to hear some people with louder voices while only partially hearing people with lower voices depending on the severity of your hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Where conductive hearing loss can be brought about by outer- and middle-ear problems, Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be stopped if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are injured. Voices might sound slurred or unclean to you, and sounds can sound as either too high or too low. If you can’t separate voices from background noise or have a hard time hearing women and children’s voices particularly, then you may be experiencing high-frequency hearing loss.