Conductive Hearing Loss

What is conductive hearing loss?

When the passage of sound is blocked in either your ear canal or in your middle ear, you may experience conductive hearing loss. In other words, the sound levels are reduced on their way to the inner ear. Your passage of sound can be blocked for several reasons, including damage to the outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear.

Symptoms of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty hearing high-pitched soft sounds
  • Difficulty hearing low-pitched soft sounds
  • Sounds are muffled


What causes conductive hearing loss?

Below are five common causes behind conductive hearing loss:

  • A build up of ear wax within the ear canal
  • Perichondrial hematoma, or cauliflower ear
  • Cholesteatoma, or a growth in the middle ear
  • An abnormal bone growth near the middle ear (otosclerosis)
  • Chronic infections, particularly many episodes of having otitis media or infection of the middle ear


How do you treat conductive hearing loss?

The treatment for conductive hearing loss depends on the cause of the hearing loss.

Some types of conductive hearing loss may be treated medically or surgically to reduce blockage to the inner ear. In some cases, medical procedures may not fully reverse the conductive loss.

If your Corti organ in the chochlea is functioning properly, your conductive hearing loss can be corrected with hearing aids. Hearing aids can help transmit sound from the outer ear through the middle ear to the inner ear.


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