Understanding the Types of Hearing Loss: Mixed Hearing Loss

Being able to understand the differences between hearing loss types can help those who suffer from hearing loss, and those who help sufferers, to choose the right hearing aids and treatments. Often, hearing aid producers offer highly priced hearing aids, without any explanation as to why the hearing aids are so costly. In reality, technology and innovation are bringing down the costs of hearing aids. But importantly, every person requires a different hearing aid that is tailored to the type of hearing loss from which they are suffering. That's why it pays to understand what you need in a hearing aid.  

Today we are taking a closer look at one of the rarer types of hearing loss, we call this mixed hearing loss.

Understanding the Level of Hearing in Mixed Hearing Loss

When we talk about hearing loss, we tend to refer to two types of loss: sensori-neural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss. The types of hearing loss are named by the place in the ear where the damage is leading to loss of or limitations to the hearing process. Crucially, conductive hearing loss refers to damage in the outer or middle ear. Due to this damage, the transmission of sound is blocked or significantly hindered from reaching the inner ear, where it is processed as sound to the brain. The opposite is true for sensori-neural hearing loss. In this case, the damage is found in the inner ear. This means that sound is successfully transmitted, but reaches a damaged inner part that is crucial to the hearing process. One type of sensori-neural hearing loss is Cookie Bite Hearing Loss. This means that a mixed hearing loss refers to damage in all three parts of the ear, the inner, middle and outer ear.

Treatments and Coping with Mixed Hearing Loss

Because of the variable nature of each mixed hearing loss diagnosis, the symptoms can vary drastically from person to person. Sounds may just seem faint to some, whilst any sound can be difficult or impossible to hear to others. The important thing with mixed hearing loss, as in all types of hearing loss, is to ensure that you have a medical diagnosis from a licensed professional. It is then extremely important to understand this diagnosis, in order to decide which hearing aid or other treatment is right for you. Hearing aids can make a huge difference to the quality of life for people who struggle with all types of hearing loss, as long as an appropriate hearing aid is chosen.  

Have you been diagnosed with mixed hearing loss? If you are looking for tailored hearing aids to help alleviate the problems associated with this affliction, our expert team are on hand and happy to help you. We offer competitively priced hearing aids which use the latest technology, and that don't compromise on quality. Just give the team a call or send us an email.

Or do you think you may have some type of hearing loss? It's important to contact a medical specialist who can make an accurate diagnosis. If you are unsure where to start, why not contact our expert team, who will be able to offer a friendly ear, and who may be able to help you decide on the next step.