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Conductive Hearing Loss: What Is It, and What Causes It?

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Hearing loss can be divided into two broad categories: conductive and sensorineural. Today, we are going to take a look at what conductive hearing loss is as well as a few of the common causes.

What is it?

In a nutshell, conductive hearing loss is when there is a disruption of sound energy traveling to your cochlea. The cochlea is the hearing part of your inner ear.

People experiencing this type of hearing loss may notice a variety of symptoms. For instance, sound could be more muffled than normal.

Your ear can feel “stuffy,” like it’s full of something. Some people experience dizzy spells while others may have drainage and pain or tenderness in the ear.

Regardless, if you notice a sudden change in your hearing or any of the symptoms above, it may be time to visit your local Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.

What causes it?

There are several common causes linked to conductive hearing loss. For example, it could be as simple as earwax build-up. Typically, earwax blockage can be easily and safely removed by an ENT if it does not dislodge on its own.

Another common cause could be swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is basically a water-related ear infection. Middle ear fluid and infections can also be an issue.

Additional causes include bony overgrowths, skin growths or a ruptured ear drum. Fortunately, most cases of conductive hearing loss can be improved with the proper treatment.


Are you or someone you love experiencing hearing loss? Contact us to schedule an appointment with our ENT specialists at the location nearest to you. We have locations in Alexander City, Sylacauga, Talladega and Wetumpka.

The road to improved hearing starts with diagnosing the condition. For more ear, nose and throat news and health tips, continue to read our blogs!