Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss may be due to any process that impairs the ability of the ear to collect sound waves in the ear canal, interferes with the movement of the ear drum or tympanic membrane in response to sound waves striking it, or impedes the tympanic membrane moving the attached small bones of the middle ear (malleus, incus and stapes). In addition, it includes disruption of the up and down movement of the footplate of the stirrup bone (stapes) in the oval window of the fluid-filled inner ear where sound waves are changed (transduced) into nerve impulses that are then sent to the brain to enable the still poorly understood sense of hearing.

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