There are 4 main types of hearing loss. It’s important to distinguish between them because each type will have a different impact and will require different treatment options. As the name suggests, conductive hearing loss indicates some sort of blockage or damage that prevents sound travelling to the inner ear.
Conductive hearing loss can affect anyone but it is not as common as certain other types of hearing loss. The good news is it’s also usually the easiest to treat. However, as with all types of hearing loss you need to treat conductive hearing loss seriously. Untreated hearing loss can have a significant impact on your life and some forms of conductive hearing loss can cause permanent damage if left untreated.
Symptoms of conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss may cause partial or complete hearing loss in one or both ears. Conductive hearing loss may occur suddenly or the onset of symptoms may be quite slow. The symptoms may be temporary and in some cases will resolve themselves naturally. But you should always ask your hearing professional to check out any hearing loss.
There are some particular symptoms that may indicate that your hearing loss is the result of a conductive hearing issue. These include:
The more common sensorineural hearing loss tends to affect specific pitches so that you struggle with particular sounds such as voices and consonants. Conductive hearing loss, on the other hand, tends to make all sounds muffled. Sensorineural hearing loss tends to be more gradual, although in some cases, such as SSHL (Sudden sensorineural hearing loss), the loss of hearing may be very dramatic.
Some people experience a mix of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. This is known as mixed hearing loss and the atypical symptoms can make it more challenging to identify the correct diagnosis and treatment. This is why a regular hearing test is so important. Your hearing professional will be able to quickly identify whether the issue is a conductive hearing problem or sensorineural in nature.
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