Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss is when the normal physical movement (conduction) of sound waves through the external ear canal or the middle ear is blocked or misdirected. Anything that disrupts the passage of sound through the external and middle ear—such as hardened earwax, a foreign object, abnormal bone growth, swelling, or a tumor—can cause this type of hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss usually can be reversed by treating the underlying cause.

Last Updated: April 22, 2009

Author: Monica Rhodes

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology

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