Mixed Hearing Loss
What is mixed hearing loss?
A mixed hearing loss is when air-conduction and bone-conduction measurements exceed 20 dB HL and the difference between them is more than 15 dB. Mixed hearing loss is treated according to the severity, the given anatomic structures, and other factors. The causes of mixed hearing loss may be any combination of the causes for sensorineural or conductive hearing loss. Many types of hearing solutions can be appropriate:
- Conventional hearing aids
- Bone conduction hearing instruments
- Bone-anchored hearing instruments (BAHA)
- Cochlear implants (CI)
Selecting the right method for treatment of a mixed hearing loss depends on the degree of the conductive and sensorineural components.