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Can conductive hearing loss be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Some types of conductive hearing loss can be prevented. The most common cause of conductive hearing loss is excessive build-up of earwax in the ear canal. You can prevent earwax build-up by keeping your ears clean. Wearing ear plugs or a bathing cap while swimming, and emptying water from and drying the ears afterward, helps prevent swimmer's ear, an infection that could lead to conductive hearing loss. Avoid putting objects in the ear (like cotton swabs), which risks perforating the eardrum, another cause of conductive hearing loss. But some causes of conductive hearing loss like otosclerosis (overgrown ear bones) are genetic and cannot be prevented.

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