Otosclerosis

What is otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis is a condition where abnormal bone growth occurs around one of the bones of hearing (the stapes) in the middle ear. It is hereditary in certain families, although the exact cause is unknown. The condition typically presents with hearing loss after the age of 20 and can result in tinnitus. It is more common in women, and often presents during pregnancy.

 

How can it be treated?

The condition does not always require treatment and some people prefer to treat the hearing loss with a hearing aid. Surgical options are available, and the procedure is called a stapedoctomy, which helps to restore hearing by removing parts of the stapes, and replacing it with a prosthesis (implant). Otoscelorosis surgery has been proven to be very successful but does carry a 1% risk of permanent hearing loss.