Q&A: Does mixed hearing loss level improve once the infection in middle ear gets sorted?

Question by ektagoswamy: Does mixed hearing loss level improve once the infection in middle ear gets sorted?
My 3.5 year son has been detected with a moderate hearing loss. Doctor says it is a mixed loss. He has fluid in the middle ear. We have started ENT Treatment for middle ear infection. My query is that after the middle ear infection is resolved, will there be an improvement in the degree of the loss.Will my child still need hearing aid for speech development? Will the usage of aids be temporary or permanent? Please help.

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Answer by yur
Hy, i got mixed hearing at age of 6 did medication but didn’t work i am yet looking for another way. ,so treatment you have done may not work on speech but he may hear sound like birds singing or plane flying sorry? he may need hearing aid to hear people talking at low tone

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One Response to “Q&A: Does mixed hearing loss level improve once the infection in middle ear gets sorted?”

  1. kAudio says:

    A mixed hearing loss is a combination of a conductive hearing loss and a sensorineural hearing loss. The conductive component of mixed hearing losses are often temporary like how you describe for your son. If the conductive component is caused by middle ear fluid, the part of the hearing loss will more than likely get better.

    The sensorineural component is permanent. And depending upon the degree of the sensorineural component, he may or may not require amplification from hearing aids.

    I would recommend you consult your audiologist to discuss the effects of your son’s hearing loss on his ability to hear and understand speech. He or she will be able to give you a better idea if he will possibly require hearing aids. It truly depends on his audiogram and your son’s audiologist and ENT will be your best sources for determining the answer to this question.


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