What is otosclerosis?
- Disease process affecting the middle ear bones (malleus, incus and stapes).
- Occurs in approximately 10% of the adult Caucasian population.
What causes otosclerosis?
- The underlying cause of the disease is unknown.
- The disease is of genetic origin in many cases.
- It is a bilateral condition in ~75% of affected individuals.
- Slow, progressive hearing loss is the primary symptom.
- Hearing loss typically begins in the early to midtwenties.
- Affects more women than men.
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) may also occur.
- After diagnosis, your ENT physician may choose to monitor the progress of the disease through annual hearing tests.
- A surgical treatment called a stapedectomy may be appropriate in some cases.
- An audiologist may help alleviate hearing loss symptoms through the fitting of a hearing aid.
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