What is conductive hearing loss?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
There are three different types of hearing loss including sensorineural, conductive, and central auditory processing disorders. With a conductive hearing loss, there is a problem transmitting sound waves from the outer ear to the inner ear.  A common reason for conductive hearing loss is a partial or full obstruction in the ear canal (in the outer ear).  Sometimes fluid from sinusitis, ear infections, colds or allergies blocks your ear canal and results in conductive hearing loss. A person with abnormalities of the eustachian tube may have conductive hearing loss.
The good news about conductive hearing loss is that medications or surgery may partially or completely resolve the obstruction. This may allow the person to hear normally again.

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