Are there different types of ear disorders involving hearing loss?

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Hearing loss, a type of ear disorder, can fall into two categories: conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss refers to hearing loss caused by some sort of obstacle within the ear that interferes with the conduction of sound to the brain. This includes impacted earwax, a foreign object in the ear, or fluid associated with an infection. Sensorineural hearing loss refers to damage to the delicate structures of the inner ear. Some people experience both categories. While obstacles in the ear can be removed, most sensorineural hearing loss is irreversible.

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