Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss in the same ear. Also known as “combined-type” hearing loss, there is probably damage to both the inner ear or auditory nerve, as well as the outer or middle ear.
Typically, sensorineural hearing loss occurs before the conductive hearing loss, but the two types’ presence are not related to one another. At times, however, conductive hearing loss can cause sensorineural hearing loss. Since there are countless causes for this kind of hearing loss, it’s recommended that you get a diagnostic hearing and medical evaluation from an audiologist to figure out and treat the cause.
Since there are two kinds of hearing loss, each one needs to be treated individually. The conductive part of the mixed hearing loss can usually be treated with medication or surgery. To treat the sensorineural part of the loss, hearing aids are generally the best option. Mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss can be helped through the use of hearing aids.
While not every aspect of mixed hearing loss can be prevented, keep in mind that hearing health is whole-body health. If you take preventive, educated measures when it comes to your health, you will be helping your hearing. How you treat your body and your hearing goes a long way to help you hear for life.