Conductive Hearing Loss

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Anything blocking the transmission of sound at the outer or middle ear from being conducted through to the inner ear creates a conductive hearing loss; however, once sound is made loud enough to compensate for this attenuation of energy, individuals can usually hear normally and do not have problems with speech discrimination. Conductive losses can be caused, for example, by congenital structural anomalies, cerumen (ear wax build ups), foreign bodies, ear infections, perforated ear drums, tumors, or problems with the bones in the middle ear; most can be treated medically/surgically and do not require hearing aids unless the loss is chronic.


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