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 exact symptoms.
Your ability to process sound is determined by several factors such as general health, age, brain function, and genetics. If you have the annoying experience being able to hear a person’s voice but not processing or understanding what that person is saying you may be experiencing one or more of the following types of loss of hearing.
Conductive Hearing Loss
You might be experiencing conductive hearing loss if you have to continuously swallow and yank on your ears while saying with growing irritation “There’s something in my ear”. The ear’s ability to conduct sound to the brain is decreased by problems to the middle and outer ear such as wax buildup, ear infections, eardrum damage, and buildup of fluid. You might still be capable of hearing some people with louder voices while only partially hearing people with lower voices depending on the severity of your hearing loss.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Unlike conductive hearing loss, which impacts the middle and outer ear, Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear. Damage to the inner ear’s hair-like cells or the auditory nerve itself can stop sound signals to the brain. Voices might sound slurred or unclean to you, and sounds can come across as either too high or too low. You’re experiencing high frequency hearing loss, if you have difficulty hearing women and children’s voices or can’t separate voices from the background noise.