Mixed Hearing Loss

Posted on February 24, 2011. Filed under: 1, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health | Tags: , , , , , |

Suffering from hearing damage can be devastating. In previous articles we discussed the different conditions that affect your hearing health. These are: Conductive hearing loss, and sensorineural hearing loss. Unfortunately some individuals might suffer from a combination of the two.

Conductive hearing loss, as previously discussed, occurs when the sound waves are not properly conducted through the outer ear, eardrum, middle ear or inner ear. The American-Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) explains that some of the causes include “poor Eustachian tube function, benign tumors, impacted earwax (cerumen), presence of a foreign body, allergies” among others.

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), as explained in a previous article, happens when the inner ear or the pathways from the inner ear to the brain are damaged. ASHA explains, that the causes for this can be due to “aging, head trauma, malformation of the inner ear, exposure to loud noise, drugs that are toxic to hearing and illnesses.”

Finally, mixed hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner, outer or middle ear or auditory nerve which results in a combination of both sensorineural hearing loss as well as conductive hearing loss. For more information visit your local New Generation Miami Hearing Center, where an audiologist such as Dr. Yvette Duran Someillan will be able to further assist you.

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