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Conductive hearing loss is when the normal physical movement
(conduction) of sound waves through the external ear canal or the middle ear is
blocked or misdirected. Anything that disrupts the passage of sound through the
external and middle ear—such as hardened earwax, a hole in the eardrum, a foreign object, abnormal
bone growth, swelling, or a tumor—can cause this type of hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss usually can be reversed by treating the
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
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