Woman can't hear the television while watching with friends.

If you have a hearing issue, it might be a problem with your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to process signals or both depending on your exact symptoms.

Your ability to process sound is influenced by several factors like overall health, age, brain function, and genetics. If you have the aggravating experience being able to hear a person’s voice but not processing or understanding what that person is saying you could be experiencing one or more of the following kinds of loss of hearing.

Conductive Hearing Loss

When we tug on our ears, repeatedly swallow, and say again and again to ourselves with increasing irritation, “something’s in my ear,” we might be suffering from conductive hearing loss. Problems with the outer and middle ear such as fluid in the ear, earwax buildup, ear infections, or eardrum damage all reduce the ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain. Depending on the seriousness of problems going on in your ear, you could be able to understand some individuals, with louder voices, versus catching partial words from others talking in normal or lower tones.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

In contrast to conductive hearing loss, which impacts the middle and outer ear, Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be stopped 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. You’re suffering with high frequency hearing loss, if you have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices or can’t distinguish voices from the background noise.

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