Your ear is made up of three parts— the outer, the middle, and the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss happens when sounds cannot get through the outer and middle ear. It may be hard to hear soft sounds. Louder sounds may be muffled.
- Medicine or surgery can often fix this type of hearing loss.
- CAUSES: Fluid in your middle ear from colds or allergies.
- Ear infection
- A hole in your eardrum.
- Benign tumors. These tumors are not cancer but can block the outer or middle ear.
- Earwax, or cerumen, stuck in your ear canal.
- Infection in the ear canal, called external otitis. You may hear this called swimmer’s ear.
- An object stuck in your outer ear. An example might be if your child put a pebble in his ear when playing outside.
- A problem with how the outer or middle ear is formed. Some people are born without an outer ear. Some may have a deformed ear canal or a problem with the bones in their middle ear.