It’s estimated that in the United States, up to 20% of Americans (approximately 65 million people) report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur at any stage in life; from infants born with hearing loss, to adults experiencing age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). The chances are high that you have been directly impacted by hearing loss, or you know someone who has.
There are two main types of hearing loss: conductive and sensorineural. It is possible to have both types of hearing loss at the same time, a condition referred to as ‘mixed’ hearing loss. In our blog today, we’re exploring the top causes of conductive hearing loss.
Many people consider hearing loss to be something that happens gradually over time. This isn’t always true. Hearing loss caused by an obstruction or blockage in your ear is known as conductive hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when problems with the eardrum, bones, muscles or ligaments in the middle ear prevent sound from passing in to the inner ear. Blockages in the middle or outer ear slow down the vibrations of incoming sound, which results in hearing loss.
Some of the top causes of conductive hearing loss common include:
Symptoms of conductive hearing loss may include:
Most cases of conductive hearing loss can be treated and normal hearing restored. However, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid any permanent damage. We advise that you speak with a hearing care professional anytime you notice a change in your hearing, and particularly if you are experiencing sudden hearing loss. To book an appointment with the hearing care professionals at Come Hear Hearing Center, please call us today on (212) 786-5741 or click here to request an appointment online.