Psych M.D. - Conductive Hearing Loss


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Term: Conductive Hearing Loss
Definition (Myers): Hearing loss caused by damage to the mechanical system that conducts sound waves to the cochlea.
Definition (alternative):Conductive hearing losshappens when there is a problem conductingsound wavesthrough theouter ear,tympanic membrane(eardrum) ormiddle ear(ossicles). This type ofhearing lossmay occur in conjunction withsensorineural hearing lossor alone. *
Contextual explanation: If the eardrum is punctured or if the tiny bones of the middle ear (the hammer, anvil, and stirrup) lose their ability to vibrate, the ear's ability to conduct vibrations weakens. Digital hearing aids improve hearing by amplifying vibrations for frequencies in which one's hearing is weakest and also by compressing sound (amplifying soft sounds but not loud sounds)

Related terms and concepts: Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Diagram of an Ear's Insides

Related websites: Ear Troubles site for Conductive Hearing Loss:includes links to other youtube videos about the topic
Edited by: Soo



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