Conductive hearing loss

Last revised by Yahya Baba on 1 Sep 2023

Conductive hearing loss is a hearing loss where the ears' ability to conduct sound into the inner ear is blocked or reduced. It can be caused by a range of developmental, congenital, or acquired pathology to the external, middle, or inner ear.


Essentially any process that obstructs or disrupts the passage of sound waves through the outer or middle ear can cause conductive hearing loss and the list of causes is very long. The most common are included below. 

External ear
Middle ear
Inner ear

Treatment and prognosis

A stapes prosthesis may help improve conductive hearing loss. 

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