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How to test Mixed Hearing Loss

Testing the mixed hearing loss contains the same methods as the conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. If you are not aware of the testing methods of the types of hearing loss then keep yourself engaged with the blog

Mixed Hearing Loss

Not contains its symptoms and causes, because it is a mixture of the above two types. The mixed hearing loss is caused when conductive and sensorineural both reasons are available in a person. We can also say that it is the loss of the inner ear and as well as of the outer ear. The middle ear may also be affected along with the other two.

Some of the causes make the mixed hearing loss temporary. While on the other hand, some causes from the second type make it permanent. Do not panic, the foresthills audiology is working for the best treatment of mixed hearing loss.

  • Most of the time the individual who is suffering from the mixed hearing loss may complain about muffed sound
  • There are some changes that person feels the sound coming from a large distance


  • Most of the time the infection within the outer or middle ear becomes the cause of conductive hearing loss
  • Complete blockage due to the ear wax is another major reason for this loss
  • Congenital, the hair cells are abnormal from the birth of the person which result in hearing loss
  • Damage to cells is another possible reason, which causes hearing loss. The damage may occur due to the infection or drug intake. Any kind of trauma along with the noise exposure also causes the damage of hair cells

Otoacoustic Emissions

Within the list of the types of hearing tests, which are performed by foresthills audiology, is Otoacoustic emissions. In the process, the sound is produced by the certain vibrations of the hair cells within the inner ear. The process uses the probe, which is fitted with the microphone along with the speaker to stimulate the cochlea. The probe is used to measure the exact response to the sound vibrations.

The person with normal hearing is going to produce the emission. While on the other hand, there will be no sound when a person is facing hearing loss. It mostly happens when the loss exceeds the limit from 25 to 30 decibels. 

The test also determines if there is any blockage within the ear canal. The excess fluid in the middle ear and identifying the damage can also be done by this specific test. For the newborn, the hearing screening program by foresthills audiology includes the Otoacoustic Emissions test.

There are chances that the professional combines two or more tests to perform the hearing loss test. The condition can be rare when a person is reflecting multiple types of hearing loss. 

Bone Conduction Testing

Moving ahead within the list of the types of hearing tests, the next one arranged by foresthills audiology is bone testing. Bone conduction testing is used to measure the response of your inner ear, which is generated at different sounds. 

The professionals will place the conductor at the backside of the ear, which will keep sending vibrations through the bone. The direct vibration conduction towards the inner ear is the main thing within the entire process. The overall testing is much different as compared to the other traditional testing versions.

Pure Tone Testing

The foresthills audiology performed the pure tone testing to identify the type of loss. The process uses air conduction to measure the overall ability to hear the sound. The process gives the hearing results by testing at different volumes and pitches. 

In the process, the person is asked to wear the headphones while sitting in a certain position within the designed booth. By the means of headphones, different sounds are passed into the ear of the person. The effects of the sounds are noticed and even asked from the person to generate accurate results. During the process, the person has to raise the hand when he hears any sound. If no raising the hand, then the button option can be used for the person’s quick output. An audiogram is used to note down all the results

Compare the results of the bone conduction testing with the pure tone. If the results are not similar to each other, the foresthills audiologist will determine the type of hearing loss.

Acoustic Reflex Testing

The test is used to measure the muscle contraction within the middle ear. It is identified to determine the actual location of the hearing problem. The same testing process also identifies that which is the type of hearing loss from which a person is suffering. 

Speech Testing

The type of testing is there to measure the speech reception within the person. The foresthills audiology explained that our hearing is directly connected with the speech when we are asked to react to sounds. 

The speech testing can be performed in a noisy area and as well as at some quiet place. The Measuring one can identify the speech and background noise separation.


Furthermore, the foresthills audiology is there to perform the Tympanometry test. The purpose of the test is to check the movement of the eardrum in the presence of the air pressure. The movement is identifiable when there is proper fluid along with the wax buildup. The eardrum perforations and tumors may also affect the movement of the eardrum.

Auditory Brainstem Response 

It is the testing, which is there to determine the type of hearing loss from which a person is suffering. Most of the time, the test is used when there are symptoms of Sensorineural hearing loss. A person has to wear headphones and have to react to some certain sound. The person with the headphone should be sitting in a designed booth. In the testing, the audiologist determines the person’s response to the sound and then note down at the audiogram.


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