Hearing loss due to an issue in the ear canal, eardrum or middle ear.
Difficulty hearing is the most common symptom of conductive hearing loss. Other symptoms can also be detected, according to the various causes that may have brought it about.
Conductive hearing loss is diagnosed during a hearing test. An audiology professional will perform an audiogram, perform a test called tympanometry and test how clearly you understand speech, to determine the level and type of your hearing loss.
Treatment of conductive hearing loss will depend on the cause. For example, removing an earwax blockage may be all that is required. Treatment of other causes such as glue ear and damage to the middle ear bones may involve surgery.