Conductive hearing loss is typically characterized by a loss of hearing where the sound is not properly transmitted through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and small bones of the middle ear. This type of hearing loss usually involves a reduced ability to hear particular sound levels, or the ability to hear faint sounds. Conductive hearing loss typically occurs when sound through the outer ear and/or inner ear is disrupted. While only 10% of all hearing losses are conductive, it is important to contact your ENT doctor as soon as possible if you experience any type of hearing disruption. Conductive hearing loss is very treatable, and in many cases hearing can be completely restored.
Conductive hearing loss usually occurs as the result of a disruption in the outer or middle ear. Examples of disruptions that may result in your ENT doctor diagnosing conductive hearing loss include:
While conductive hearing loss can be medically treatable and restored, those who have permanent conductive hearing loss will have the option of being outfitted with hearing aids or bone-conduction hearing aids by their ENT doctor.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of the below signs or symptoms, you should be sure to contact your ENT doctor immediately:
It is important to remember that, depending on the cause of conductive hearing loss, additional various symptoms may occur. Your ENT doctor will be able to perform a conductive hearing loss evaluation that will determine if you do in fact have this type of hearing loss, and whether it is permanent or not.
As mentioned, hearing aids are viewed as an extremely effective treatment options for patients with conductive hearing loss. All treatment options will be evaluated and considered by your ENT doctor after examination of the ear.