A conductive hearing loss is due to a blockage or damage in the outer or middle ear. The most common of these in children is fluid in the middle ear.
A buildup of fluid reduces the ability of the ear drum and ossicles from moving and conducting the sound through to the inner ear. Buildup of fluid is usually temporary, and resolves with time. However in some cases, the fluid needs to be drained from the middle ear by an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon, and grommets (ventilation tubes) are inserted. If your child suffers from ongoing middle ear effusion (fluid), contact us to discuss strategies to assist them in the classroom.