Mixed Hearing Loss

It is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. It indicates that there is damage in outer, middle and inner part of the ear at the same time or damage auditory nerve. It reduces hearing in one or both ears.

It occurs when individuals outer or middle ear ability to transmit sound to the inner ear is diminished or reduced. the individual’s cochlea, auditory nerve or other inner structures of the ears are responsible for interpreting sound and relaying it to the brain exhibit some degree of abnormality or impairment.


Sometimes both hearing loss occurs at the same time, It means there is damage in the outer or middle ear or nerve pathway directly to the brain. This is a mixed hearing loss. To find an audiologist near you call now 1800-121-4408.

Symptoms of mixed hearing loss

Peoples are diagnosed with this problem, sounds can be both softer in volume and more difficult to understand or a person who already has a sensorineural loss gets a middle ear infection, and the two types of loss collide to create greater hearing damage.

Causes of mixed hearing diseases

Whatever causes a conductive hearing loss or SNHL can lead to mixed hearing loss.

  • Genetic Factors
  • Overexposure to loud noise
  • Medications
  • Aging process
  • Birth defects
  • Diseases
  • Infections
  • Tumor
  • Head Injuries

Treatment for mixed hearing loss

The mostly conductive hearing loss is treatable, ENT specialist treats the conductive hearing loss first after that they addressed the sensorineural hearing loss. sensorineural hearing loss(SNHL) is permanent or irreversible and it is treated by hearing aids. In some severe condition, it is treated by surgery such as cochlear implants, middle ear hearing implant or a bone conduction implant.


The treatment plan for mixed hearing loss depends on whether the loss is more conductive or sensorineural in nature. If the level is more conductive than surgical procedures and other medical treatments might be more effective in correcting the hearing concerns. If the level is greater of sensorineural than hearing aid devices may be the best option.


Note:- If you affected by conductive or mixed hearing loss immediately visit your hearing professional. They investigate causes and suggest the treatment options.

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