Conductive hearing loss



Conductive hearing loss involves a problem with the outer or middle parts of the ear. The problem prevents sound from reaching the inner ear, which includes the organ for hearing. Causes can include wax buildup or bone growths in the outer ear. Some other causes are infections and problems with three small bones in the middle ear.


Symptoms of conductive hearing loss aren't the same for everyone. Hearing might get worse quickly or over time. Voices and other sounds may seem too quiet to hear. The ear might feel full, stuffed, painful or tender. Fluid may drain from it. A person also might feel dizzy.


Treatment for conductive hearing loss depends on its cause and how serious it is. Hearing aids or other devices can help sounds seem louder and clearer. Antibiotic medicine may be used to treat some ear infections. Surgery may be needed to treat some problems with the outer or middle ear.