What is mixed hearing loss?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
When there is a sensorineural hearing loss along with a conductive factor it is referred to as a mixed hearing loss. Alongside irreversible hearing loss from nerve cell damage or injury to the hair cells in the cochlea, there is a conjoining problem with how the middle ear works. This combination of hearing problems creates a far worse situation than happens with sensorineural hearing loss alone. There are usually effective medications or surgical treatment for the conductive factor such as antibiotics for ear infections. Still, the sensorineural part of the hearing loss is almost always permanent and irreversible and may be treated with a hearing aid or assistive listening devices (ALDs).

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