Conductive hearing loss

What is Conductive hearing loss?

It is hearing loss due to obstruction to soundwave from reaching cochlea caused by foreign body in ear or wax.

Questions and answers on "Conductive hearing loss"

I had fluid in my ear and was losing hearing from it over the last couple of weeks. Doctor gave me Ciprodex for 8 days and my ear was not improving, but got worse - itchy feeling, full of fluid, build-up. Doctor then gave me Azithromycin 250 mg for 5 days and referred me to ENT. On 5th day of finishing this last antibiotic, my right ear was still clogged and felt like a golf bolf was stuck in there plus I had lost hearing (all right ear). ENT pierced my eardrum, suctioned out the fluid and passed air through it. This procedure was done 3 days ago on XXXXXXX 26, 2016. There was no change in my sensation and hearing felt worse. He conducted hearing test immediately after the procedure and these tests showed significant hearing loss in right ear (down to the 50 dcbl mark) compared to left ear which was normal/perfect. Air pressure test showed right ear graph flat-lined while left ear normal. I have severe high-pitched ringing in my right ear following the procedure which I did not have before, and deafness in my right ear plus it feels and sounds like I am submerged under water on the right side of my head when I talk. I can't hear sounds or others or myself talk except through the left ear. It's been 3 days since the ENT procedure and I'm still ringing in the right ear and feeling deaf. When I sleep I feel and hear pulsating "whoosh" vibrating through my right ear (pulsating matching rate of my heart beat). I have been having very high anxiety over the last 3 days over this and feeling of complete desperation and am overwhelmed. I am unable to function, focus, concentrate, feel scared, world around me feels different. This sudden loss of hearing is not what I was prepared for and am not adjusted to. I've had perfect hearing all my life - played piano for 18 years, highly active, very good at hand-eye coordination sports like tennis, basketball, and avid cyclist, etc. Since the ENT procedure I have stopped all physical activity and am afraid of the impact on my health and wellbeing, plus I am missing work. This is all having a great impact on my life, whereas, before I was extremely a motivated and high performing individual. I was unable to go to the office these last 3 days in light of the anxiety, ringing, deafness, etc. for which I went to the emergency at the hospital to see if they could help me. They tried to contact the ENT and found out he was not going to follow up with me until March! Emergency doctor then insisted he see me sooner and got an appointment for me next Tuesday on February 2nd. Even though I didn't want to go back to that ENT since he just did a procedure on me without giving me options or talking to me to tell me what he was doing and why, the Emergency doctor recommended I keep the ENT appointment since that ENT had done the procedure. Is this hearing loss permanent? What can be done as a next step? What questions should I ask the ENT in follow up? Note - there were no tubes put in my ear after the ear drum was cut by the ENT. I was just given Pulmicort prescription to use with NeilMed nasal rinse.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
There is no cause for worry.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. The appearance of the tinnitus and persistent hearing loss means that there is still a large amount of fluid still trapped behind the ear drum. I must emphasize that this is common and will settle down....

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I recently lost 50% of my hearing over 3 months ago. No trauma. No Pain, No Inflammation. No Infection. I lost it several days after going lobster hunting 3 feet under water for several hours. When I do the Val Salva maneuver, a good portion of my hearing returns but just for a few minutes. I have popping in my ears thru out the day. I feels like there are water baloons over my ears. So where I used to listen to TV and radio on 15, I not listen at 30. I am wearing BTE devices to assist with my hearing loss. I have done audiograms, etc. So 300 to 2500hz at 40db, 2500 to 6000hz at 90+db. I am needing to know the following in laymen's terms (I am not a Doctor):
1 - What happen to my hearing
2 - Will my hearing ever return
3 - What can I do now to return my hearing to normal

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
As below:

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Kindly upload the following:
a. A Pure Tone Audiogram (PTA) graph.
b. A Tympanogram (Impedance Audiogram).
c. A plain CT PNS (Para Nasal Sinuses).

2. If these is normal, then medication will help. If these are abnormal, a...

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I've had ringing in my ears sense January 2014. It is driving me crazy.

I've been told by 2 audiologists that I have a conductive hearing loss. I've been trying to get treatment through the VA, but it's taking too long. They finally made me an appointment with ENT, but that is about 1 1/2 months away. This sound has become unbearable. It seems to be getting louder. Don't know if it could have anything to do with it, but during my last Migraine the buzz seams to really have increased.

Any ideas on what could be causing this?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
As below:

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. The first thing that comes to my mind is that your headaches and tinnitus is likely to be drug induced.

2. These medications, however would not cause a conductive hearing loss. Here a PTA (Pure Tone Audiogram) should be...

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I hear my blood pulse in my right ear, it is constantly louder, also, I am getting headaches on my right side/

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Pulsatile tinnitus

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have gone through your query.
What you describe sounds like what’s called Pulsatile Tinnitus. This is a rhythmic thumping or whooshing only you can hear, often in time with your heartbeat. There are some causes of it like:

Conductive hearing loss...

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Hello Doctor,

My son, 5 years is identified as having conductive hearing loss. This is confirmed by tuning fork test and also hearing evaluation test. Doctors treated him for infection in the east canal and also for adenoid. Otrinoz drops and Singulast tablets were prescribed, which did not make any change. He is able to hear low voices, but not able to hear whisper and music from ear phones.

Wanted to know how to determine his exact problem and whether it could be progressive?

Thank you

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
I would like to suggest pure tone audiometry and impedance audiometry

Detailed Answer:
Hi Sir,
I have gone through your question and understand your concern; and I would like to suggest that your son may go for
1. Pure tone audiometry.
2. Impedance audiometry and
3. X ray lateral...

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Hello, I've recently been suffering from hyperacusis as a result of acoustic shock and acoustic trauma from loud noise. I have a feeling of fullness in my ears and tinnitus. This has coincided with a large number of tonsil stones. Every day now I remove several tonsil stones from my mouth. Today I removed approximately 5. Could there be a connection between the two conditions?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No proven relation of increased Acoustic trauma

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX
Thanks for writing to HCM,
Enlarged tonsils can cause poor movement of Eustachian tube (a tube which opens at the back of the nose and connects to middle part of ear.).
Because of the poor movement of...

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Good day...I am 73 male 5'9" 135#. I have a macro pituitary tumor, 18mm, Dx august 2016. December began experiencing double vision beyond 20 feet. By january i needed corrective lenses to drive. I lost most hearing in one ear, R, two weeks ago & on rising this morning I now have bilateral hearing loss. Vision is the same. Tinnitis history.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
PTA (Pure Tone Audiogram).

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. The pituitary macro adenoma can cause vision problems, however hearing loss is unlikely.

2. Get a PTA ( Pure Tone Audiogram) done and upload the report.

3. If this is a Conductive Hearing loss, it can be...

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My 23-year old daughter recently was diagnosed with a large hole in her eardrum. After many weeks, the eardrum is showing signs of repairing itself, which is great. However, she is experiencing a lot of intermittent tinnitus, in the form of whooshing sounds, especially at night. Might that be related to the healing eardrum? How long might this tinnitus last? What could be done to get rid of the tinnitus?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
The whoosing sounds are known as Tinnitus.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. The initial injury and the reasons for the eardrum perforation influence the healing of the ear drum.

2. Get her hearing checked by a PTA (Pure Tone Audiogram). This will reveal if her...

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Hi,
I was having a severe ear discharge and a hole in the ear drum in the right ear. I have undergone a surgery 3 years back , after which the discharge has been stopped by 92 % but I have lost around 60% of my hearing as the 2 Oscicles were removed as they found to be infected.

Currently sometime I noticed a sudden improvement of hearing as if I have not lost anything but again after few mins/hours It again comes down.Currently I am using a SEIMENS BTE hearing aid to overcome the situations, but fluctuation of hearing again bringing trouble for me in my day to day work.I am attaching here my post surgery report which describes the details. I am looking for a permanent solution and a surgery for reconstruction to avoid using hearing aid and start leading a normal life.

I am writing here with a great hope, as I have lost some precious thing in first event of surgery, cannot afford any second loss. Kindly suggest if any reconstruction can be done and who will be the best person whom I can trust.Please find the details of audiometry report post surgery for reference.
P.T.A - 60 DB
S.R.T- 75 DB
S.D.- 85%
M.C.L - 75 DB
U.C.L> 100 DB
This reading is with Audiometer- GSI-61

doctor1 MD

Hi

Thanks for the query

First of all, I would request you to mail me the audiogram. Even though you have mentioned in brief about the audiogram results, it is not sufficient to comment. Only after examining the graph I will be able comment about whether you will be able to regain your hearing or...

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Last July I suffered from hearing loss in my left ear, followed by tinnitus. No dizziness or balance disorders. Audiogram revealed 65db moderate to severe mixed hearing loss. MRI was clear. I underwent oral steroids treatment after 1 week of onset but to no avail. Since last two months I am on Hydergine 4.5mg x 2, Gingko Biloba 120mg x 2 and Centrum multivitamins. Hearing in the right ear is perfect.

Recently I started feeling mild tinnitus in my right ear (though I am not 100% sure about the origin of this tinnitus) together with some feeling of occasional fullness. Also while I am trying to wake up in the morning I feel as if I become totally deaf for a split second, before the hearing gets "switched on" upon opening my eyes.

I do have long-standing sinus issues and one of my nostrils remains semi-blocked most of the time.

I am extremely worried and stressed. Despite hearing loss in my left ear, I have been leading a normal life as my right ear is perfect. However with these latest changes, I am concerned that I might wake up one day with hearing loss in the right ear.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Audiograms (PTA and I/A). Plain Sinus CT, Medications.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Upload any previous audiograms (PTA: Pure Tone Audiograms). A mixed hearing loss has two components, Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL) and Sensori-Neural Hearing Loss (SNHL).

2. The...

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