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What are the types of deafness?There are 3 types of Deafness:
- Conductive Deafness
- Sensory-Neural Deafness
- Mixed Deafness
Conductive deafness:As the term itself indicated the Conductive deafness is due to breakage at some point of the conductive mechanism of the ear. It could be at many levels and is treated according to the related problem in the conductive system.
- Congenital Abnormality
- Acquired Abnormality
Acquired External Canal Causes:The canal if blocked may cause
- Ear fullness
- Ear heaviness
- Hearing loss
What all can cause blockage?
- Foreign Body
- Infections: Acute Otitis Externa, Malignant Otitis Externa
- Tumors: Benign or malignant
Wax:It’s most commonly observed cause of ear blockage and hearing loss in many populations. The question that comes to our mind is
What is wax?Wax is a combination of skin shedding, oils, sebum & dirt. Wax does not get impacted in the canal without a cause.
Why does it gets impacted in the ear canal?The ear is a self-cleaning cavity and the wax debris automatically comes out on its own. In a few cases where the anatomical anomaly is present then it gets impacted.
- Narrow external auditory canal
- External obstruction like osteoma, exostosis, granulations, etc.
- Very dry wax
- Conditions like Seborrheic dermatitis, Allergic Dermatitis, etc.
How to remove wax?
- Wax softeners
- With Probe
- Under a microscope in few resistant cases.
Kindly restrain from removing wax at home if you feel it’s impacted let ENT specialist help you out in such situation.We’ll be back with more on Hearing loss in our subsequent posts. Be Healthy & Be Happy.
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