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What is a Conductive Hearing Loss?

A conductive hearing loss is a loss that occurs in the outer or middle portion of the ear where the sound waves are not conducted properly to the inner portion of the ear.  The symptoms are as follows:

  •  earache or pain in the ear
  • blocked ears or pressure
  • loss of hearing
  • bad odor from the ears
  • tinnitus or ringing in the ears

The common causes of conductive hearing loss are:

  • earwax accumulation
  • obstruction of a foreign body like a q-tip or bug.
  • infection due to water
  • malformation of the outer ear like microtia or atresia
  • middle ear infection
  • perforation in the eardrum
  • otosclerosis or hardening of one of the 3 bones in the middle ear.  
  • head injury

Conductive hearing losses are usually treatable and reversible.  If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, we recommend a referral to see us at the Hearing Institute of Ontario.  

At the Hearing Institute of Ontario, your hearing health is important to us.
Contact our Mississauga, Oakville or Scarborough office for a FREE consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced audiologists, to discuss the best hearing solution for your hearing loss type.

Differences Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Dispenser

Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are both professionals trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance issues, but their roles, educational backgrounds, and scopes of practice differ. Here are some key differences:

Educational Background


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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audiologist vs HID scope of practice

Scope of Practice


Hearing Instrument Specialist

Regulatory Bodies


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Services Provided


Hearing Instrument Specialist

All client care at Hearing Institute of Ontario is provided by certified Audiologists who are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario


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