If you have a hearing issue, it could be something wrong in your ear’s ability to conduct sound or your brain’s ability to process impulses or both depending on your precise symptoms.
Brain function, age, general health, and the physical makeup of your ear all play a role in your ability to process sound. If you have the aggravating experience of hearing a person’s voice but not being able to process or understand what that person is saying you could be experiencing one or more of the following kinds of hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
You might be suffering from conductive hearing loss if you have to repeatedly swallow and tug on your ears while saying with increasing irritation “There’s something in my ear”. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is decreased by issues to the outer and middle ear including wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and buildup of fluid. Depending on the severity of problems going on in your ear, you might be able to make out some individuals, with louder voices, versus catching partial words from others speaking in normal or lower tones.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
In contrast to conductive hearing loss, which affects the middle and outer ear, Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear. Sounds to the brain can be blocked if the auditory nerve or the hair like nerves are injured. Sounds can seem too soft or loud and voices can sound too muddy. If you can’t separate voices from background noise or have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices in particular, then you may be suffering from high-frequency hearing loss.