A to Z: Hearing Loss, Conductiveenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about causes of hearing loss and conditions that can affect the outer ear and middle ear.Conductive hearing loss, CHL, ears, outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, hearing aids, pinna, auricle, ear canal, cerumen impaction, earwax, otitis media, otitis externa, ear infections, otosclerosis, malleus, incus, stapes08/14/201304/04/201909/02/20194e12bb74-3190-4146-ac05-0c550d5baf25https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-conductive.html/<p><em>May also be called: CHL</em></p> <p>Conductive <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/">hearing</a> loss is caused by interference in the transmission of sound to the inner <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a> resulting from a mechanical problem in the outer ear or middle ear.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The outer ear consists of the part of the ear that's visible on the outside of the head (pinna and auricle), as well as the ear canal, a hollow passage that leads to the eardrum. The eardrum separates the outer ear from the middle ear, which consists of three tiny bones and an air-filled cavity the size of a pea. The outer ear funnels sound waves toward the eardrum, and the middle ear converts the waves to vibrations that it passes on to the inner ear.</p> <p>A number of conditions affecting the outer ear or middle ear can interrupt the way sound waves are conducted through the ear and cause hearing loss.</p> <p>Infants and young children frequently develop conductive hearing loss due to ear infections. Other common causes include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-impacted-cerumen.html/">cerumen (earwax) impaction</a>, head injuries, foreign objects in the ear canal, ruptured <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/">eardrums</a>, and defects in the ear that are present at birth.</p> <p>Treatment for conductive hearing loss involves treating the condition affecting the outer ear or middle ear. In many cases, treating the underlying cause can reverse hearing loss.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Conductive hearing loss is usually mild, temporary, and treatable with medicine or surgery. The sooner treatment is started, the more effective it is, so a doctor should be consulted as soon as symptoms appear. In some cases, the cure is as simple as flushing impacted earwax out of the ear canal or treating an ear infection.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Can Chronic Ear Infections Cause Long-Term Hearing Loss?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears-hearing.html/f1d4a512-3215-4d14-a0c1-0b0e90660ff6
Can Loud Music Hurt My Ears?Loud music can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Learn how to protect your ears so you won't be saying, "Huh? What did you say?"https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/rock-music.html/4f1d6c6d-b485-4f3c-8755-268031bd53b3
Dealing With EarwaxEarwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/earwax.html/951981fb-6281-41be-8563-200c9d3d6c87
Ear InjuriesEar injuries not only can affect a child's hearing, but sense of balance too. That's because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
Ear Tube SurgeryMany kids get middle ear infections (otitis media). Doctors may suggest ear tube surgery for those with multiple infections or a hearing loss or speech delay.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-infections.html/add2e377-3c66-403c-8c8a-eb82911bcc54
Eardrum InjuriesA "popped" eardrum is more than just painful - it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/e40e1551-dc7a-461d-b6ef-94c5c366a477
EarsHearing may be the ears' main job, but it's not all they do. Learn all about the ears in this Body Basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/40f0c600-fea3-4ef8-b1cd-dabddd2e014a
Going to the AudiologistWhen a kid has trouble hearing, an audiologist can help. That's a person specially trained to understand how hearing works and to help kids who don't hear normally.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-test.html/1183d59f-cba5-4863-a333-e4aa73e6d828
Hearing Evaluation in ChildrenHearing problems can be overcome if they're caught early, so it's important to get your child's hearing screened early and checked regularly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/f867639c-fb49-46cc-a897-8386816dad97
Hearing ImpairmentHearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. Find out its causes and what can be done to help correct it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hearing-impairment.html/66d2cedf-4bea-4da5-b6f2-62fd222fd246
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Movie: EarsNurb and Chloe explain what goes on inside your ears so you can hear. Watch the How the Body Works movie!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears-movie.html/c87353a7-6dbc-40cd-934b-b9e93971c4f6
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
What Is an Ear Infection?A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c
What's Hearing Loss?Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear, nerves connected to the ear, or the part of the brain that controls hearing. Someone who has hearing loss may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. To learn more, read this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-impairment.html/9a3276cb-c032-4e30-8c12-a349f4d911f7
Your EarsNow hear this! Here's an article about ears. Find out how your amazing ears do their amazing job.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears.html/0f4e16f5-a934-4961-a1b7-12e8f53619f4