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What is mixed hearing loss?

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Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. There may be a problem in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve. It can happen after a head injury, long-term infection, or because of a disorder that runs in your family.

Hearing loss can affect one or both ears. It can happen suddenly or gradually get worse over time. If you notice sudden hearing loss, you should see an ear, nose, and throat specialist as soon as possible.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions on General Information on Hearing Loss."

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Type, Degree, and Configuration of Hearing Loss."

Isaacson, J. , Sept. 15, 2003. American Family Physician

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Hearing Loss and Deafness."

Someya, S. , Nov. 17, 2009. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences

Muller, U. , Sept. 3, 2009. American Journal of Human Genetics

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Understanding Your Audiogram.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions on General Information on Hearing Loss."

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Type, Degree, and Configuration of Hearing Loss."

Isaacson, J. , Sept. 15, 2003. American Family Physician

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Hearing Loss and Deafness."

Someya, S. , Nov. 17, 2009. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences

Muller, U. , Sept. 3, 2009. American Journal of Human Genetics

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Understanding Your Audiogram.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

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