There may be components of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss types present at the same time. Learn more about mixed hearing loss from Dr. Deborah Touchette, a leading Audiologist in Paradise.
Mixed Hearing Loss
Types of Hearing Loss – Mixed Hearing Loss
If a hearing loss is the result of both conductive and sensorineural components, it is known as a mixed hearing loss. In other words, there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve. In some cases, other symptoms, such as tinnitus, may also be present. When this occurs, the hearing loss is referred to as a mixed hearing loss. Your audiologist in Paradise will check for both types of hearing loss during your appointment.
Can mixed hearing loss be treated?
In some cases, the conductive component of a mixed hearing loss can be treated. This could allow your hearing to improve. However, the sensorineural component of a mixed hearing loss cannot be treated. Sensorineural hearing loss involves the loss of nerve cells, and because these cells never regenerate, it’s impossible to treat the underlying cause of a sensorineural hearing loss. You may experience improvement after the conductive component is treated, but you might still benefit from the use of hearing aids.
How can you find out what type of hearing loss you have?
To find out the cause or causes of your hearing loss, you’ll need a comprehensive evaluation by an Audiologist in Paradise. This will include testing for many different potential causes of hearing loss; one or more of the tests may reveal what’s going on in your case. Dr. Touchette will conduct this type of evaluation at your first visit to Paradise Hearing & Balance Clinics Inc. We look forward to seeing you!