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Is conductive hearing impairment serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

As far as hearing deficiencies go, conductive hearing impairment is a less severe form. Since it is commonly caused by earwax or fluid blockages, it is often fairly easy to treat and reverse, unlike sensorineural hearing loss, which affects the structures of the inner ear. But any kind of hearing loss should be treated seriously. Conductive hearing impairment, if left untreated, can lead to permanent hearing loss if infection is present. Permanent hearing loss cannot be cured. Those who suffer from permanent hearing impairment often face a lower quality of life, and sometimes report feelings of depression, anxiety, and social isolation.

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