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Conductive Hearing Loss: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Conductive hearing loss is one of the most common forms of hearing loss. Follow this informative guide to learn more about:

  • What is conductive hearing loss?
  • Conductive hearing loss causes
  • Symptoms
  • Management & treatment

At Hearing Direct, you will find a number of management solutions to help properly and effectively manage hearing impairments.

What is Conductive Hearing Loss?

Conductive hearing loss (CHL) occurs when there is an obstruction or damage to the outer or middle ear that prevents sound from traveling to the eardrum and to tiny bones in the inner ear. There may be something blocking the ear canal, such as ear wax or fluids, or the hearing loss might come from an infection or illness. An ear infection or a perforated eardrum are also possible causes. Conductive hearing loss usually causes the “volume” of sounds to seem lower and this condition can be either temporary or permanent. A conductive loss shares similar characteristics to clogged ear. Conductive hearing loss treatment is more straightforward than sensorineural hearing loss.

If you believe you may be experiencing conductive hearing loss, it is recommended that you consult an audiologist or ENT professional.

Symptoms of Conductive Hearing Loss

CHL primarily affects the ability to perceive the loudness of sounds, but not the clarity. The condition may present the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty in hearing speech
  • A sense that your own voice sounds different
  • Easier to hear out of one ear than the other
  • The sensation of pain in one or both ears
  • A sensation of pressure in one or both ears
  • A strange odor from the ear

Symptoms can differ depending on which part of the ear is the root cause or multiple symptoms may present themselves at once. Those with CHL often find that increasing the level of volume of TVs, music or radio is all it takes to provide a notable improvement in their ability to hear. Although not ideal, this could be a temporary quick-fix for the condition until it is properly dealt with. It is possible to have conductive and sensorineural symptoms and this is known as a mixed hearing impairment.

Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds struggle to reach the eardrum from the outer ear. These causes usually only impact the ability to perceive sounds, and noise will often appear to be fainter than usual. Some of the causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Ear wax build up
  • Accumulation of fluid in the middle ear
  • Abnormal bone growth in the middle ear (otosclerosis)
  • Middle ear infections (otitis media)
  • Perforation of the eardrum

Much like the symptoms, the causes may affect one part of the ear or several parts. Depending on which part of the ear is causing the loss, fixing the hearing loss may require different methods. A licensed audiologist or medical practitioner should be able to correctly diagnose the root cause of CHL and suggest appropriate methods of management and treatment.

How To Properly Treat Conductive Hearing Loss

Unlike sensorineural hearing loss, a conductive hearing loss can be reversed and effectively managed with the right form of treatments. CHL can be treated at home, but sometimes medical or surgical treatments may be required to correct the condition. In the case of wax build up, ear wax removal tools such as syringes, extractors or cleaners can help resolve the situation. Whereas if infection or abnormal growths are present, then medical procedures may be sought. Clearing excessive wax or fluids out of the ear canal can often remove conductive hearing loss. That's where we come in...

How Can We Help?

At Hearing Direct, we are able to offer a number of key ear hygiene products such as ear cleansers and wax removers to help eradicate this type of hearing loss.

Earpal Wax Remover

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The Earpal ear wax remover is one of the safest wax extraction tools on the market. Due to its expert design, the Earpal ear wax remover cannot touch or perforate the eardrum by accident. As a result, your ears and hearing will avoid damage during the ear cleaning process. It is also considered safer than Q-Tips.

ACU-Life Ear Wax Removal Syringe

The ear wax removal syringe by ACU-Life has been designed by doctors to gently removed hardened ear wax. Safely remove ear wax at home without time-consuming and costly visits for ear syringing.

We also have a range of items to assist those with hearing loss. We stock a range of products such as:

Check Your Hearing Online For Free

We have created our very own online hearing test so you can check your hearing for free in the comfort of your own home. conductive hearing loss All you will need is a few free minutes and some ear or headphones. Once the test is complete, you will get your results instantly via email, and based on the outcome of the hearing test, you may be encouraged to take further action.

Top Tips On Managing Hearing Loss

There are effective methods to manage conductive hearing loss and other forms of hearing impairments.

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We provide a range of key products to assist those with hearing loss and help them maintain a better quality of life. Hearing aids are vital to lifestyle satisfaction, helping those with hearing loss enjoy the sounds they love. Try our invisible hearing aids for something more discreet.

Additionally, to help avoid harmful damage to your hearing, see our range of ear plugs, which can help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

About Us

At HearingDirect.com, we also offer a number of important items to help those with hearing impairments.

Our amplified phoneswireless TV listeners, and extra loud alarm clocks provide added benefits to the hearing loss community and the products we provide are designed to improve your quality of life.


If you have any questions relating to hearing loss, please do contact us and our expert team will do their best to help you.

See also: Mild Hearing Loss | Age-Related Hearing Loss