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
The most common causes of conductive hearing loss are:
- Wax build-up in the ear canals
- Tumours or growths in the outer or middle ears
- Ear infections of the outer or middle ears
- Fluid build-up in the middle ear space
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Perforations of the eardrum
- Otosclerosis, a condition affecting the stapes bone in the middle ear