conductive deafness

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Any form of deafness resulting from disease, damage, or obstruction in the outer ear canal or the middle ear. Common causes are accumulation of wax in the outer ear (ceruminous deafness), otitis media, and otosclerosis, a disorder of the oval window in which the stapes becomes fused with the vestibule of the bony labyrinth. Also called conduction deafness or transmission deafness. Compare central auditory processing disorder, sensorineural deafness.

Subjects: Psychology.

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