If a hearing loss is caused by problems with the ear "conducting" the vibrations to the cochlea, then it is called a conductive loss.
The problem may be with the ear drum or with the ossicles (three tiny bones).
Conductive losses aren't the most common types of hearing loss. Nearly 90% of hearing loss cases are sensorineural losses, where the problem is with the cochlea or the auditory nerve
Some forms of hearing loss are caused by problems with these bones. When the hearing loss is caused by these bones, it's referred to as a conductive loss
A conductive loss is often a flat loss, affecting all frequencies. Hearing aids can be especially effective in helping someone with a conductive loss hear better.
Many times a conductive loss can be fixed or at least improved with surgery.
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