If a hearing loss is the result of both conductive and sensorineural components, it is known as a mixed hearing loss. In othe words there may be damage to the outer ear or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea).
Hearing loss in children
Children learn to speak by imitating the sounds they hear. When a child has a hearing loss that is untreated or undetected, they can miss much of the speech and language around them. This result can result in a speech delay or impairment, social problems and academic difficulties.
Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18. with today’s advancements in technologies there are very few hearing losses. With children early intervention, early diagnosis, early fitting of hearing aids, and an early start on special education programs will help maximize successful language development.