What is Conductive Hearing Loss and What Are Its Symptoms?

There are basically three types of hearing loss, namely (1) sensorineural hearing loss, (2) conductive hearing loss, and (3) mixed hearing loss. In three of these hearing losses, the consequences are embarrassing. The hearing loss can affect tremendously negative particularly in relation to the quality of life, communications with others, impacting negatively in one’s career and profession, and self-social isolation. If you have any type of hearing loss, you must never neglect or hesitate to contact Audiologie Centre Ouest test auditif to ensure what type of a hearing loss you have and seek for the best remedies.

The conductive hearing loss is normally not seen in many cases and can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the cases. The conductive hearing loss is caused for various reasons and due to obstruction or damage in the outer or middle of the ear which obstructs or prevents sound to get inside the inner ear.

The reasons for conductive hearing loss are many and the severity can be diagnosed after finding which part of the ear i.e. the external or middle portion of the ear is affected. If the external portion of the ear is affected, it may be caused because of narrowing of the canal in the ear called stenosis. The wax in the ear is also another reason for conductive hearing loss. Sometimes bone-like protrusions develop in the ear canal preventing the sound to pass. This is called exostoses. There is another reason called swimmer’s ear or otitis causing conductive hearing. In cases of external elements inserted into the ear and causing ear blockage can also develop conductive hearing loss.

When the blockage is caused in the middle of the ear, the reasons may be a breach inside the tympanic membrane due to some ear infections, injury or rapid and extreme change of ear pressure.  The conductive hearing loss due to blockage in the middle ear may occur because of the thickening of the tympanic membrane also called tympanosclerosis. There are other reasons for conductive hearing loss caused by middle ear blockage like fluid in the middle ear also called otitis media or a kind of ear infection, eustachian tube blockage, an extreme medical condition called otosclerosis, growth of tumours in the middle of the ear particularly the glomus tumour or cholesteatoma, discontinuity of ossicular chain, and break of bone in the middle of the ear due to severe injury or trauma etc.

The symptoms of conductive hearing loss may be pain in both or one ear, easy to hear in one ear than the other, pressure sensation in both or one ear, difficulties in telephonic conversations, foul smell coming from the ear canal, and your own voice may hear confusing in terms of more loud or strange.