How is conductive hearing loss diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Your regular doctor may perform a visual examination of your ears to see if there's the kind of build-up that indicates conductive hearing loss. Another way a doctor can tell if your hearing loss is conductive is to do a discrimination test. If you can hear all frequencies, but can only hear them at a higher volume than normal, then your problem is conductive. If you can only hear certain frequencies but not others, no matter the volume, then you're experiencing a different type of hearing loss.

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