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Conductive deafness

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Conductive hearing loss is due to a defect in the sound-conducting apparatus.

Test results with conductive deafness:

  • Rinne negative - bone conduction is greater than air conduction
  • beware the false negative Rinne - a patient with severe or even total sensorineural deafness may in fact hear the bone-conducted sound in the opposite, functioning cochlea
  • Weber's test - sound is heard better in the deaf ear

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