A to Z: Hearing Loss, Mixedenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about causes of hearing loss and conditions that can affect the ear and auditory nerve.Mixed hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, ears, outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, auditory nerve, hearing aids, pinna, auricle, ear canal, cerumen impaction, earwax, otitis media, otitis externa, ear infections, otosclerosis, malleus, incus, stapes, cochlea, semicircular canals09/06/201304/04/201909/02/20192f14fd0f-7ad1-40f7-b4ea-62ee502e8074https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-mixed.html/<p>Mixed hearing loss is hearing loss caused by conditions that affect both the inner <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a> and the outer ear or middle ear.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The outer ear funnels sound waves to the eardrum, and the middle ear converts the waves to vibrations. The inner ear converts the vibrations into nerve impulses that travel to the brain along the auditory nerve.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/">Hearing</a> loss caused by a condition that affects the outer ear or middle ear is called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-conductive.html/">conductive hearing loss</a>. Hearing loss caused by a condition affecting the inner ear or the auditory nerve is called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-neural.html/">neural hearing loss</a>. When someone has both conductive and neural hearing loss, the condition is called mixed hearing loss.</p> <p>Conductive hearing loss can be caused by impacted earwax, ear infections, foreign objects in the ear canal, ruptured eardrums, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/">injuries</a>, or defects in the ear that are present at birth. Neural hearing loss is often caused by disorders that are present at birth, but also can be caused by infections, injuries, tumors, certain drugs, and too much exposure to loud noises.</p> <p>Treatment for mixed hearing loss typically focuses on treating the conductive hearing loss, which usually responds better to treatment.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Conductive hearing loss is usually mild, temporary, and treatable with medicine or surgery. Neural hearing loss can be permanent, but some people eventually regain much of their hearing. For those who don't, hearing aids, treatment, speech and language therapy, and educational programs can help them&nbsp;lead perfectly normal and productive lives.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Eardrum, PerforatedA perforated (or ruptured) eardrum is a hole in the eardrum caused by injury or infection.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eardrum.html/0d898e27-dcf6-42d3-aba3-b05e8c5e8dae
A to Z: Hearing Loss, ConductiveLearn about causes of hearing loss and conditions that can affect the outer ear and middle ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-conductive.html/4e12bb74-3190-4146-ac05-0c550d5baf25
A to Z: Hearing Loss, NeuralLearn about causes of hearing loss and conditions that can affect the auditory nerve.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-neural.html/4bc633ba-829e-44dd-89ac-fc8ac127e143
A to Z: Impacted CerumenLearn more about imnpacted earwax build-up, which can cause temporary hearing loss and ear pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-impacted-cerumen.html/4c7dfdd9-0544-4830-81ec-94f7e9dbc7ad
Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)Some kids have hearing loss due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a problem in the transmission of sound from the inner ear to the brain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ansd.html/4072a0d0-3b8d-4732-bcac-9bcc561f409b
EarbudsEarbuds are basically a tiny pair of speakers that go inside the ears. They're fine at low volumes, but they can cause permanent hearing loss if not used properly. Find out what's safe (and not) in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/earbuds.html/4a49d64c-29fe-4aa2-b7da-780d6c8ba685
Eardrum InjuriesA "popped" eardrum is more than just painful - it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/e40e1551-dc7a-461d-b6ef-94c5c366a477
EarsHearing is their main job, but it's not all your ears do. Find out all about them in this body basics article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ears.html/0e069e5b-afbe-4a02-91fb-cf89eac5a427
Going to a Speech TherapistYou might visit a speech therapist if you're having trouble speaking or understanding others. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/speech-therapist.html/949b7d74-02e5-451d-b374-bf774e71c3de
Going to the AudiologistWhen a kid has trouble hearing, an audiologist can help. That's a person specially trained to understand how hearing works and to help kids who don't hear normally.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-test.html/1183d59f-cba5-4863-a333-e4aa73e6d828
Hearing AidsWant to hear what's being said to you, by you, and about you? Find out how hearing aids help people with certain types of hearing loss.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hearing-aids.html/4d02d0e0-6657-4f93-9dd5-62447c4a7847
Hearing Evaluation in ChildrenHearing problems can be overcome if they're caught early, so it's important to get your child's hearing screened early and checked regularly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/f867639c-fb49-46cc-a897-8386816dad97
Hearing ImpairmentHearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. Find out its causes and what can be done to help correct it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hearing-impairment.html/66d2cedf-4bea-4da5-b6f2-62fd222fd246
Speech-Language TherapyWorking with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/speech-therapy.html/9bcaa854-6c27-4d01-80c3-176d24a1ac3e
What's Hearing Loss?Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear, nerves connected to the ear, or the part of the brain that controls hearing. Someone who has hearing loss may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. To learn more, read this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-impairment.html/9a3276cb-c032-4e30-8c12-a349f4d911f7
Your EarsNow hear this! Here's an article about ears. Find out how your amazing ears do their amazing job.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears.html/0f4e16f5-a934-4961-a1b7-12e8f53619f4