Conductive Hearing Loss Treatment in Beckley, WV
What is Conductive Hearing Loss?
Conductive Hearing Loss is a condition that inhibits or prevents sounds from being normally or efficiently conducted through the outer ear canal through to the eardrum and the ossicles of the middle ear. If the ossicles are unable to vibrate properly, hearing loss is experienced. This condition may be temporary or permanent. Mild cases of Conductive Hearing Loss may be treatable with hearing aids/assistive hearing devices. Moderate to severe cases can usually be corrected with surgical intervention.
Conductive Hearing Loss Symptoms Affect All Ages
Conductive Hearing Loss affects patients of all ages. However, the condition is most prevalent in children. The most common cause is a physical blockage within the ear canal. Patients with this condition typically experience the following symptoms:
- Sounds and voices seem faint
- Sensation that sounds are reduced
- Complete inability to hear faint sounds
- Reduced sound in one or both ears
- Blockage within the ear canal
- Difficulty hearing other people talking
- Visible ear infection
- Perforated eardrum
- Tumor within the ear
- Excessive ear wax buildup
- Otosclerosis (abnormal growth of the middle ear bone)
The Many Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss
There are many causes of Conductive Hearing Loss. Many of these causes may be easily corrected with prompt medical intervention. The treatment will depend on what is causing sounds to fail to properly reach the ossicles of the inner ear. Raleigh Hearing Center has the diagnostic equipment to promptly determine what condition is causing your Conductive Hearing Loss.
- Fluid in the middle ear
- Ear infection (otitis media)
- Impacted earwax (cerumen)
- Tumors or growths
- Perforated or scarred eardrum
- Inadequate eustachian tube function
- Infection of the ear canal (external otitis)
- Foreign body in the ear canal
- Allergies (serous otitis media)
- Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)
- Malformation or absence of ear structures
- Exposure to loud noises
Effective Treatment for Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive Hearing Loss may be temporary or permanent. If a simple blockage is present, the ear may be cleaned or drained. Medicated ear drops and oral medications may be helpful in some cases. Hearing aids can provide effective symptom relief or correction for some of our patients. Corrective surgery is an option to provide more effective results when tumors, growths, and malformations are causing the loss of hearing.
If you are experiencing Conductive Hearing Loss, Contact Raleigh Hearing Center of Beckley, WV: (304) 255-1337.