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How does conductive hearing loss affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Conductive hearing loss is considered one of the less severe forms of hearing loss, and often does not even damage the ear in the long-term. Those with conductive hearing loss typically get back most of their hearing, especially if it is promptly treated.

In some instances, however, conductive loss can develop into sensorineural hearing loss, which is when the nerves and cells of the inner ear become damaged. This can happen if the conductive hearing loss is caused by an infection, and the infection is recurring or goes untreated for too long. In these cases, the nerves or cells of your inner ear may be permanently affected, and your hearing may not get fully restored.

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