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Conductive hearing loss

Also known as Conductive Deafness

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem conducting sound waves anywhere along the route through the outer ear, tympanic membrane (eardrum), or middle ear (ossicles). This type of hearing loss may occur in conjunction with sensorineural hearing loss or alone.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with conductive hearing loss, 85% report having diminished hearing, 43% report having ear pain, and 40% report having plugged feeling in ear. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of conductive hearing loss are diminished hearing, plugged feeling in ear, redness in ear, ringing in ear, and fluid in ear, although you may still have conductive hearing loss without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with conductive hearing loss often receive ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), magnetic resonance imaging, excision, other therapeutic ear procedures, occupational therapy assessment, other therapeutic procedures and psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with conductive hearing loss include carbamide peroxide otic, ofloxacin, boric acid topical, olopatadine nasal, methylcellulose (citrucel), oxazepam, mitotane, acetic acid / hydrocortisone, horse chestnut preparation (venastat), aluminum sulfate-calcium acetate topical, valdecoxib (bextra), triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic and diethylpropion (tenuate) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for conductive hearing loss include race/ethnicity = other, age 75+ years and age 5-14 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.9x
1-4 years
1.4x
5-14 years
2.2x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
1.0x
75+ years
1.6x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
0.9x
Other
1.8x
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