Conductive hearing loss occurs in the middle or outer ear. The sound waves are blocked by foreign particles or earwax in the ear canal. Most of the time, this is found in children who have placed a foreign object in their ear. It can also be caused by perennial infections. This type of hearing loss is completely reversible. The ear doctor will prescribe the right medication but in some cases, surgery may be required.
Ear infections can cause temporary hearing loss. Swimmer’s ear is also known to do this and it occurs when there’s constant water in your ear. It can also be caused by using cotton swabs. Remember that cotton swabs push ear wax deeper into the ear.
Earwax formation is common but most people do not know the safe way to remove ear wax. Our bodies produce earwax naturally but there are special tools to scoop it out. If you’ve ever visited an ear specialist then he most likely used a small vacuum cleaner to remove the buildup of earwax.
Sometimes conductive hearing loss is caused by non-cancerous bones growing in the ear canal. Also called otosclerosis, this may require surgery. There are times when both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss will combine effecting your hearing.
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