Conductive hearing loss
- Injury of the outer ear itself.
- Blockage of the ear canal due to cerumen or other small objects like food, beads or insects.
- Infections of the outer or middle ear, often with effusion.
- Perforation of the tympanic membrane.
- Congenital deformities (e.g., Down Syndrome, Franceschetti Syndrome, Treacher Collins Syndrome or Achondroplasia (dwarfism).
- Feeling of fullness in the ear.
- Sounds are faint or non existent.
- Needing everything to be repeated.
- Depression and embarrassment.
- Tuning fork test: Testing is done in different frequencies to determine the type of hearing loss.
- Pure tone audiometry: An audiometer produces sounds of different volumes and frequencies.
- Otoacoustic emissions: Measures your cochlear function and records the signals produced by the hair cells.
- Auditory brain stem response: This measures the activity of the cochlea, cochlear nerve, and brain in response to sound.
- Softening and removal of excessive earwax. Ear wax should be removed only by someone with proper experience and safe instruments. Do not use Q-tips to remove earwax as this technique generally makes the situation worse by pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal while depositing shreds of cotton fibers from the Q-tip into the wax itself.
- Draining of fluids that have built up.
- Hearing aids.
- Antibiotics such as oral medication or ear drops.
- In severe cases surgery.
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