Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss refers to issues with transferring sound waves due to a blockage or other impediment located between the outer and the inner ear. It could be earwax, which HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology) is happy to teach you to clean in a safe manner. But if there are other reasons for conductive hearing loss, our hearing care professionals will address them with you.

Understanding inner ear damage and treatment options

Blockages, disease and damage are among the most common causes of conductive hearing loss. In children, when ear infections are most prevalent, infections with effusion (a collection of sticky fluid in the middle ear) is possible. Our nationally respected audiologist can assess your ears, and advise you on whether damage or something less nefarious is hindering your ability to hear. Some options for conductive hearing include:

  • If your conductive hearing loss is due to damage to the eardrum or middle ear, you may need a medical surgery to alleviate the damage.
  • Some people acquire conductive hearing loss due to a major change in pressure, such as during a flight. This is called barotrauma or aero-otitis media and generally resolves itself, restoring hearing.
  • A perforated – or ruptured - eardrum may require medical intervention, called tympoplasty, to restore hearing.

Conductive hearing loss is more likely to reverse than most causes sensorineural loss, even with improvements in medical and surgical techniques. But, there are some options for Otosclerosis (fixation of the hearing bones) and reconstructive procedures if a bone is missing, malformed or damaged, or for a ruptured eardrum. Sometimes these options will restore hearing.

Hearing aids and conductive loss

Hearing aids are not always indicated for patients with conductive loss, but patients with mixed hearing loss – when elements of both sensorineural and conductive types are present – may benefit from hearing aids.

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