What Is Bone Conduction Hearing Loss?

Conductive hearing loss happens when either the ear canal or the middle ear blocks the flow of sound. When anatomical structure is damaged or blocked of the outer ear, middle ear or ear canal, sound flow can be blocked. People with conductive hearing loss have decreased concentrations of noise in the inner ear on their manner to the cochlea and need bone conduction hearing aid.

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Conductive Hearing Loss Symptoms

  • Ear wax accumulation in the ear canal

  • Middle ear infection (otitis media)

  • Chronic infection

  • A growth in the middle ear (cholesteatoma)

  • Otosclerosisor abnormal growth in the middle ear

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Missing or damaged sensory cells (hair cells) in the cochlea result in sensorineural hearing loss and are generally permanent. Sensorineural hearing loss, also known as "nerve deafness," may be mild, moderate, serious, or deep.

With hearing aids or a middle ear implant, mild to serious sensorineural hearing loss can often be helped. Often, cochlear implants are a solution to serious or deep hearing loss.

Some people only in the elevated frequencies have a sensorineural hearing loss, also called partial deafness. Only the hair cells at the cochlea base are harmed in these instances. The hair cells responsible for processing the low tones are still intact in the inner part of the cochlea, the apex. Specifically, for these instances, combined electrical and acoustic stimulation, or EAS, was created.

Mixed Hearing Loss

A mixed hearing loss is a mixture of sensorineural and conductivehearingloss. It is the result of both internal and outer or middle ear issues. Medication, surgery, hearing aids, or a middle ear hearing implant may include treatment choices.


There are several kinds of hearing loss that are conductive.

With hearing aids, certain kinds of conductive hearing loss can be fixed. Hearing aids can assist convey noise in the outer or middle ear when the corti organ in the cochlea works usually.

It is possible to treat other kinds of conductive hearing loss medically or surgically.

However, the conductive loss may not be completely reversed by medical processes. People with conductive hearing loss can therefore often benefit from a bone conduction hearing aid.

Contact OKHC for conductive hearing loss audiogram and hearing aid.

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