Hearing loss, like most other ailment of the body, can happen due a variety of reasons. As the reason of hearing loss can be different and varied, the nomenclature of the types of hearing impairment is quite extensive as well. The type of hearing loss you are suffering from often depends on the cause of it. You need to check with a professional audiologist to be certain. However, to make you aware of a few of them, we will be covering some such topics on the blog.
Today we are writing on conductive hearing loss. This is the type of problem that happens when the sound signals picked up by the outer ear is not able to reach the inner sanctum of the ear for some reason or the other. Because the problem lies in the conduction of the sound waves across the membranes joining the outer and inner ear is jeopardized in this case, it is termed conductive hearing loss.
This type of hearing loss is possible on both ears. The simple test that determines which ear is facing trouble is called the Weber Test. In this test, a tuning fork is held midway between your eyebrows. The ear which picks up the loudest sound is the one with the problem.
There are various reasons, both common and otherwise, that can result in conductive hearing loss. Among the common reasons, you can count the hassles caused by earwax or any form of infection, technically termed as the otitis externa. Among children, a very common cause of this type of hearing issue is the accumulation of fluid in the middle ear. Because of this accumulation, the Eustachian tube in the ear is blocked, preventing the sound waves from passing over to the inner ear.
Among the uncommon causes of conductive hearing loss, you have to count the possibility of a tumor in the ear canal. You cannot rule out the problems caused by congenital stenosis or narrowing of the ear canal since birth. Both these causes can hamper the conduction of sound waves in the ear. A more improbable cause, though it can happen to anyone, is the one caused by the insertion of a foreign particle in the ear. Temporal bone trauma is another reason why conducive hearing loss can set in.
In all these cases, it would be better if you consult with a professional audiologist, like the ones we have on our team at Bengal Speech.