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Mixed Hearing Loss

What is Mixed Hearing Loss?

Mixed hearing loss is caused by a problem in the outer or middle ear (conductive loss) and a problem in the inner ear or auditory nerve (sensorineural loss) happening at the same time. In some cases, mixed hearing loss is caused by problems in the temporal bone (the bone around the inner ear).

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Hearing Loss?

You may notice your child:

  • Is behind in talking or doesn’t talk clearly
  • Often asks others to repeat themselves, asks, “huh?” or “what?” or says they don’t hear you
  • Listens to electronics at very loud volumes
  • Has frequent ear infections
  • Speaks loudly all the time
  • Does not respond to their name, speech or loud sounds
  • Becomes frustrated when trying to listen in background noise
  • Is always distracted
  • Prefers one ear over another, or complains they can only hear out of their “good ear”

Last Updated 05/2024

Who treats this.

The Division of Audiology at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the largest pediatric audiology programs in the nation. Early intervention and active collaboration with your family can change the outcome for your child with a hearing problem.

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