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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


inflammation of the labyrinth (inner ear)


hardening of the bony tissue in the ear


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

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