Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds are not efficiently able to pass through the outer and/or middle ear.  This results in less sound energy reaching your inner ear, the cochlea.  Conductive hearing losses can occur at any age, but are more typical in children due to the size and shape of their growing ear systems and their increased prevalence of ear infections.  The good news is that conductive hearing losses can often be corrected medically or surgically.  As a last resort, those with conductive hearing losses are excellent candidates for hearing aids as their nerve is fully functional.  At Cobourg Hearing Centre, if you are diagnosed with a conductive hearing loss, your results will be sent to your family physician for review and possible referral to a specialist. 

Signs & symptoms of a conductive hearing loass may include the following:

  • fullness or pressure in ears
  • pain or discharge from ears
  • your own voice sounds uncommonly loud
  • speech sounds soft or muffled

Possible Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss include

  • Fluid in the middle ear from colds
  • Ear infection (otitis media)
  • Allergies (serous otitis media)
  • Poor eustachian tube function
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Benign tumors
  • Impacted earwax (cerumen)
  • Infection in the ear canal (external otitis)
  • Swimmer's Ear (otitis ecxterna)
  • Presence of a foreign body
  • Absence or malformation of the outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear