Conductive Hearing Loss
The ear has an incredible design to allow sound waves to be interpreted by the nerves and brain. When hearing loss occurs, it is either due to the sound energy not reaching the inner ear or problems with the nerves that receive the sound waves. When the sound energy is blocked, this is called conductive hearing loss, which can usually be resolved by correcting the abnormality. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we offer comprehensive diagnosis and evaluations for conductive hearing loss, as well as cutting-edge treatments at our clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
Conductive hearing loss can gradually occur, resulting in muffled or steady loss of hearing. It can also occur suddenly due to an injury or disease. Some people are born with conductive hearing loss due to defects within the ear structure that block sound energy. The symptoms of conductive hearing loss depend on what is causing the sound obstruction.
Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss
There are many obstructions that can occur between the outer and inner ear, resulting in conductive hearing loss. Whenever the full sound energy is unable to find its way into the inner ear where the nerve cells transmit sound to the brain, it can impact hearing. Some of the possible causes of conductive hearing loss includes:
- Earwax impaction
- Ear infections
- Swimmer’s ear
- Ear drum damage
- Injuries or defects to the ear structure
- Foreign objects inside ear
- Growths inside the ear
In most cases, the obstruction of sound energy can be resolved by removal or treatment of the ear condition. Conductive hearing loss treatment depends on the cause of obstruction – hearing aids are not effective, as they only amplify sound and do not transport it into the inner ear.
Dr. Zweig has over 20 years of experience providing hearing loss treatment to her patients throughout the greater Atlanta, GA. If you have conductive hearing loss, she can provide a thorough examination to determine the cause and the best treatment option to restore your hearing. Contact our office in Alpharetta, GA, to schedule your hearing exam.