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03-10-2018

What is Conductive Hearing Loss

Despite its size, the ear is made of many different parts. Each one has a role of its own, contributing to our ability to perceive sound. Hearing loss is divided into types, depending on the segment that has complications.

A sensorineural hearing loss is the most common and is caused by damage done on the inner ear. This is usually permanent, as components within this area of the ear are extremely delicate. Next in line would be the conductive hearing loss, which means the outer and middle portions have been harmed.

What Causes This?

Earwax is a natural substance created to lubricate the ear canal and keep out foreign objects and organisms, such as ants and other tiny insects or bugs. Earwax may also work against us as it can harden and accumulate to a certain amount in an area inside the passageway, blocking sounds from entering.

This is often caused by people who improperly clean their ears using swabs and pins which actually push back the substance until it becomes an obstruction. Those who produce high amounts of earwax are especially susceptible to it.

Ear Infections

Infections may also happen which may cause inflammation. This can occur when the environment in the ears become too moist, which is a circumstance that favors the reproduction of bacteria. Swimmer’s ear is one of the types of this condition, where water can become trapped inside. Children are prone to this due to their narrow ear canals.

The best way to avoid this is to avoid activities where your ears are submerged under water for a long time, or if you really have to participate in these pursuits, then you should wear the necessary protective gears that keep water out. These aren’t expensive, so you have little to no excuses for not doing so.

These infections may also result in damaged ossicles of the middle ear, which are three tiny bones which amplify the sounds and pass them along further inside. Trauma that is hard enough could also harm these bones.

Eardrum Retractions 

Eardrum retractions happen when the pressure within the middle ear has changed causing it to be drawn inward. For you to get a better picture, it is a thin sheet of skin that is stretched. You may think of it like a drum, which vibrates when it picks up noise.

Like a drum then, a hole on it would mean you are at a disadvantage. A pierced eardrum is created by trauma or infection.

Treatments for these can vary from medications to surgeries which may cost a lot so we suggest that it would be best that you always take caution when it comes to your hearing health. 

How Chicago Beltone Can Help

For accurate recommendations, have your ears assessed by a licensed audiologist. Our clinic is known for their warm service and professionalism. Call Chicago Beltone at (888) 485-5452 to schedule a check-up.