What Causes Conductive Hearing Loss?
Conductive hearing loss stems from problems in the outer or middle parts of the ear. Some of the most frequently cited causes include:
Build-up of ear wax or fluid
Punctured or perforated eardrum
Tumors or other growths in the outer or middle ear
Presence of a foreign object blocking the outer ear canal
Otosclerosis—an abnormal bone development in the middle ear
Remember: only a trained hearing care professional will be able to accurately determine the cause and type of your hearing loss, so be sure to book an appointment as soon as possible if you’re noticing symptoms.
How Do I Know If I Have Conductive Hearing Loss?
Unlike sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss isn’t a result of exposure to loud noises or the natural aging process. Conductive hearing loss can affect anyone at any age.
You may be at risk of conductive hearing loss if you’ve recently experienced any of the following:
A sinus infection, head cold or illness
Water in your ears that you couldn’t remove
Forceful use of a cotton swab in your ear canal
There are many possible causes of conductive hearing loss, so it’s important to get checked out. If you’re not sure whether you have hearing loss, Beltone can help.
Can I Ignore Conductive Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss impacts much more than your ability to hear. Left untreated, hearing loss can affect many aspects of your life, including your overall health and wellbeing.
Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, isolation, dementia, falls and more, so seeking treatment quickly is recommended.
Click the link below to learn more about the impacts of hearing loss—and how hearing aids can help you.
Online Hearing Assessment
Visit any Beltone Hearing Care Center to discover just how simple it is to improve your hearing.
You can also take our online hearing assessment to get a head start on your free appointment—we’ll forward your results to your local Beltone office. The results will help your hearing care professional begin the process of determining your level of hearing loss and which hearing aids are right for you.