About Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss at the same time. Both the middle and inner ear are involved.

This hearing disorder can also occur when a person first just has a permanent sensorineural hearing loss and then also develops a conductive hearing loss. (For example, a person who already has a sensorineural loss gets a middle ear infection, and the two types of loss combine to create a greater hearing loss.) Some other instances of mixed hearing loss are the result of the outer and inner ear being malformed, which causes both types of hearing loss.

With mixed hearing loss, the conductive part may be treated, but the sensorineural part is usually permanent.

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