Is there anywhere I can get a really good run-down of the different causes and types of conductive hearing loss? I have been all over search engines but keep coming up against the same thing - conductive deafness is normally because you have a cold, it will last about a week and clear up by itself. Not so for my mum (63 years and counting) or me (25 years and counting).
Since I have yet to have any thorough investigation into why I have my hearing loss I’d be interested to know what the other causes are. When it says that it’s “usually temporary” and that other causes are “rare” what are those other causes? And can you have a conductive loss of the absolutely standard congestion type but which persists into adulthood? Particularly, are there any conditions which start conductive and progress into SN and how are these tested for?
The assumption that it must be congestion (“glue ear”) is well-nigh universal, and all anyone ever did was look into my ear and say ooh yes, eardrum is very scarred and damaged. She’ll grow out of it. :mad: If the eardrum becomes scarred then do you still grow out of this condition?
Suggestions on how long to wait and see if it clears up with no action seem to range from 3 months to 12 months, which is a big difference, and what monitoring should be taking place in the meantime to make sure there is no progression or ear damage? I feel like everything I read says conductive deafness, that’s glue ear, it will fix itself so don’t worry about it, but clearly there are adults on here with conductive losses also, can you tell me about it?