Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems in the outer and middle ear, which can prevent sounds getting through to the inner ear. The most common cause can be a build-up of wax in the ear canal, perforated eardrums, fluid in the middle ear, or damaged or defective ossicles (middle ear bones).
Symptoms of Conductive Hearing Loss
If you suffer with this type of hearing loss you may find that the overall volume of sound is reduced and that voices and sounds appear faint. You may miss parts of conversations, need to ask for frequent repetition and feel the need to watch people’s faces or lips while they speak
Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss
Physical issues with the ears are some common causes of this condition, including:
- Ear infections of the canal or middle ear
- Fluid in the middle ear
- Scarring or perforation of the eardrum
- A build-up of wax
- Tumours or growths in the ear
- Otosclerosis, an abnormal growth of bone of the middle ear.