Conduction Deafness

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Conduction deafness is a condition in which the hearing ability of one or both ears is reduced. Usually, it is caused by lesions of the middle ear or otosclerotic lesions. In contrast, impaired hearing due to a lesion of the inner ear and/or auditory pathways of the central nervous system is associated with bone conduction impairment. However, there is currently no conclusive evidence for combined deafness.

Air-bone gap over 40 dB indicates conduction deafness

A significant air-bone gap is a common symptom of conductive hearing loss. When the gap between air and bone is greater than 40 decibels, you're likely experiencing conductive deafness. You may have a blockage in the ear canal or an eardrum problem. A blockage in the middle ear can also cause an air-bone gap. Seeing an audiologist can solve these problems.

The air-bone gap distribution is based on the average thresholds of bone and air conduction for each frequency. It is important to note that air-bone gaps vary, but the average is about -5 dB. For example, if the air-bone gap is greater than 40 dB in one ear, it is considered conduction deafness.

Surgery for conductive hearing loss is possible. There are two main approaches to surgery: a mastoidectomy and a transcanal approach. Surgery involves removing the affected ear bone. Ossicle surgery is also possible if the ear has undergone trauma, such as an ossicle fracture. Otosclerosis can also be treated non-surgically with an adhesive device.

A small air-bone gap is considered a warning sign of conduction deafness. The gap should be greater than 10 dB. A dip in bone conduction at 2000 Hz is also a sign of conductive hearing loss. However, this dip does not serve as a good predictor of otosclerosis. A patient with a notch in the Carhart notch may have a condition called otosclerosis.

An air-bone gap of 40 dB indicates conduction deficiency. The gap between air and bone does not affect the 2KBD depth. However, it is related to a person's bone-conduction threshold. The air-bone gap is a significant sign of conduction deafness. In addition, the gap between the two types of hearing impairment can be a cause of conduction deafness.

Carhart notch indicates stapes fixation

The 2-kHz dip in bone conduction audiograms that is called the Carhart notch is a diagnostic marker for congenital ossicular chain anomalies and stapes fixation. The Carhart notch was first described in 1950 by Raymond Carhart. The notch is an artifact of stapes fixation and disappears after successful stapes surgery.

The reduction in BC at 2 kHz is based on the fact that the stapes footplate is fixed and causes impaired bone-conduction thresholds. The Carhart notch is absent in patients with superior canal dehiscence. The loss of bone-conduction thresholds in patients with superior canal dehiscence can be transient or progressive, or mixed.

In patients with isolated stapedial superstructure fixation, hearing deteriorates after middle ear surgery. Moreover, it is important to consider the occurrence of fixation in the superstructure during exploratory tympanostomy. Interestingly, there is no other case of congenital stapedial superstructure fixation reported in the literature. The Carhart notch should be considered during exploratory tympanostomy.

A significant portion of conductive hearing loss occurs in the region of the oval window, where the stapes footplate is fixed. It significantly impairs the movement of the stapes and transmission of sound into the inner ear. Similarly, the oval window of the cochlea can become sclerotic, resulting in otosclerosis.

After surgery, the patient's BC threshold is tested for change. The improvement is measured by the preoperative minus the postoperative pure-tone BC average. Several AC curve types are described, which determine whether preoperative AC thresholds affect postoperative BC thresholds. A downward AC curve is defined as two kHz above the preoperative threshold. Another type is called the “AC notch”, which results in a notch in the AC threshold.

Another common reason for conductive deafness is the presence of otosclerosis or otospongiosis. Otosclerosis is a disorder of the otic capsule and the stapes bone in the middle ear. Symptoms may include hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. It affects 1% of Caucasian adults and is less common in African and black people.
Treatment options for conduction deafness

There are many different types of treatment for conductive deafness. The main treatment options include using an amplification device or using a hearing aid. Surgical intervention is also an option, as can implanting a bone-anchored hearing device. Antibiotics and antifungal medications are common treatments for ear infections. Surgical intervention is also an option if malformed outer or middle ear structures are to blame. Both methods can improve hearing, but surgery is generally necessary for severe cases.

Another option is surgically implanting a cochlear implant, which involves the placement of a titanium implant behind the non-functioning ear. The implant is then attached to a small sound processor through a magnet or a stem that protrudes through the skull. This procedure can be performed by a board-certified ENT physician or audiologist at TriHealth. The cost of the procedure varies, but typically, the total cost of the surgery is about $10,000.

Another common cause of conductive hearing loss is a chronic ear infection. The infection may be so severe that fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Most chronic ear infections can be controlled with medication and careful monitoring. If the infection is not responsive to medication, the doctor may recommend a simple surgical procedure to drain out the fluid. If the fluid is in the ear canal, a surgeon will insert a tiny tube to drain out the fluid.

A variety of medical procedures are available for people with conductive hearing loss. Some of these procedures involve surgical or medical surgery and may be reversible in some cases. In addition to hearing aids, some people may even be able to live with conduction deafness for the rest of their lives. If they do, their hearing will improve significantly. The best way to improve their lives is to get the right treatment.

A combination of medications and medical procedures can correct the underlying cause of conduction deafness. Depending on the cause of your conductive deafness, your doctor may suggest medication to correct your condition. In most cases, conduction deafness is curable. However, there may be other problems. For instance, if your ear is infected, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics.

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