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What is hearing impairment?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hearing impairment, or hearing loss, is a condition in which your ability to hear is completely or partially limited. When your loss of hearing is complete in either one or both ears, the condition is called deafness. There are two kinds of hearing impairment, each referring to the part of the ear that is affected: conductive hearing impairment (outer or middle ear) and sensorineural hearing impairment (inner ear). Mixed hearing impairment is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing impairment.

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