Conductive Hearing Loss - An introduction
Out of the main types of hearing loss, conductive hearing loss is the most easily treated and least common. All types of hearing loss affect people differently and need different treatments and rehabilitation. But, like all other forms of hearing loss – it is better to educate ourselves about conductive hearing loss and understand what the causes are.
Even though this type of hearing loss is rare and there are some cases of permanent hearing loss - it is generally only temporary and, in many cases, curable.
So, what is conductive hearing loss?
It is a form of hearing loss that results in the sound being unable to reach the inner ear. Such as a blockage, eardrum damage or a narrow ear canal. It can also be easily split into two different variations: inner ear and middle ear hearing loss.
For example, the outer ear is made of the ear canal opening and the middle ear consists of small bones. When the sound goes through the ear it travels through both these areas to get to the inner ear. This is where the cochlea processes sound vibrations. If this process is blocked it is called conductive hearing loss. This is usually caused by an ear infection or a build-up of wax.
What causes conductive hearing loss?
This type of hearing loss can also be present at birth, usually caused by afflictions like microtia (an underdeveloped ear). But here are some other causes below:
Conductive Hearing Loss - Inner Ear:
Conductive Hearing Loss - Middle Ear:
What are the treatments for conductive hearing loss?
There are various treatments available to treat conductive hearing loss. Here are a few of the main options:
Other hearing loss information:
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