About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is when the hearing system is “broken” or not working.

There are three types of hearing loss.

  • Conductive hearing loss: Involves the outer and middle ear
  • Sensorineural hearing loss: Involves inner ear
  • Mixed hearing loss: Involves outer, middle and inner ear

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

NIHL is a hearing loss that is usually often permanent loss. Harmful levels of noise cause this hearing loss. Most often this happens in both ears equally, but depending on the noise, this can also happen in one ear. Noise exposure can come from loud, sudden sounds such as blasting or firearms, or from constant harmful levels for a prolonged time, such as working in a factory or around machinery. Think of your ears as a speaker. If you turn up the volume up too much it will blow the speaker making sounds distorted.

Always Wear Hearing Protection


Cutting the grass, snow blowing, power tools.


Industrial machines, loud impact tools, rock quarry sites, construction sites, factory setting, farming, dentist, musicians.


Concerts, firearms, race cars, motorcycles. You can still do damage even if you already have hearing loss.