Conductive hearing loss is common
in children. It can affect one or both ears. For someone to hear, sound signals must
travel from outside the ear through the ear canal and eardrum into the inner ear.
Conductive hearing loss results when sound becomes partly or fully blocked in the
or middle ear. Some causes may include:
Fluid buildup behind the eardrum (often a complication of repeated ear infections)
Wax buildup in the ear canal
Problems with the eardrum
Abnormal formation of ear bones
Object stuck in the ear canal, such as food or a toy part
Conductive hearing loss is often
temporary and may be improved with medical or surgical procedures. And once the blockage
or problem is taken care of, hearing often returns to normal. If fluid buildup behind
the eardrum is the cause, a tiny tube may be inserted into the eardrum to help drain
fluid. The healthcare provider can tell you more about what’s causing your child’s
hearing loss and how it can be treated or managed.