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Conductive hearing loss – what is it?

Widex Conductive hearing lossConductive hearing loss occurs when the passage of sound is blocked in either the ear canal or in the middle ear. People with conductive hearing loss have sound levels reduced on their way to the cochlea in the inner ear.

There are several types of conductive hearing loss. Some types of conductive hearing loss can be corrected with hearing aids. If the Corti organ in the cochlea functions normally, hearing aids can help transmit sound in in the outer or middle ear. Other types of conductive hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically.

Symptoms of conductive hearing loss
People with conductive hearing loss will find soft sounds difficult to hear at all pitches, both low and high.

Causes of conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss can be caused by the following factors:
  • Accumulation of ear wax
  • Otitis media – A middle ear infection
  • Cholesteatoma – A growth in the middle ear
  • Otosclerosis – An abnormal bone growth near the middle ear

Think you have conductive hearing loss?
If you think you have conductive hearing loss it is important to see a hearing care professional. Visit our Shop Finder to find a hearing care professional near you.