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Chapter 11: Diagnostic Terms

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otitis externa
inflammation of the external auditory canal
cerumen impaction
excessive buildup of wax in ear, often reducing hearing acuity, especially in elderly persons
myringitis, tympanitis
inflammation of the eardrum
otitis media
inflammation of the middle ear
aerotitis media
inflammation of the middle ear from changes in atmospheric pressure; often occurs in frequent air travel
eustachian obstruction
blockage of the eustachian tube usually as a result of infection, as in otitis media
labyrinthitis
inflammation of the labyrinth (inner ear)
otosclerosis
hardening of the bony tissue in the ear
deafness
general term for partial or complete hearing loss
conductive hearing loss
hearing impairment caused by interferences with sound or vibratory energy in the external canal, middle ear, ossicles
sensorineural hearing loss
hearing impairment caused by lesions or dysfunction of the cochlea or auditory nerve
presbyacusis, presbycusis
hearing impairment in old age