Conductive hearing loss
what is conductive hearing loss?
Conductive hearing loss is a problem in the outer or middle ear that prevents sound from reaching the inner ear.
Causes for conductive hearing loss may be:
- Ear infections
- Excessive ear wax
- A foreign object trapped in the ear canal
- A perforation in the eardrum
- Middle ear infections
- Malformations in the outer or middle ears
Conductive hearing loss can occur in one or both ears.
Treatment for conductive hearing loss
This type of hearing loss can usually be treated well. Your ENT doctor can easily remove excessive earwax, fluid or foreign objects. A middle ear infection may also prevent the ossicles, the three small bones in the middle ear, from vibrating and passing on sound to the cochlea. Medication usually helps.
If the root cause is a malformed outer ear, ear canal or middle ear, the conductive hearing loss is usually permanent. Otosclerosis is caused by excessive bone growth around the ossicles. They cannot vibrate like they should and pass on sound to the inner ear. Bone conduction hearing aids, an Adhear bone conduction hearing system or a bone conduction implant are suitable solutions.
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