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Otosclerosis

What is Otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis is the abnormal growth of bone of the middle ear.

Otosclerosis usually affects the stapes. The stapes rests in the entrance to the inner ear. When otosclerosis affects the stapes, the stapes becomes fixed into the oval window and interferes with sound passing waves to the inner ear.

What Causes Otosclerosis?

The exact cause of otosclerosis is unknown. Researchers believe that otosclerosis tends to run in families and may be passed down from parent to child.

What are the Symptoms of Otosclerosis?

The most common symptoms of otosclerosis are:

Can Otosclerosis be Treated?

Yes. Surgery and hearing aids are the most common treatments.

Complications of Otosclerosis

The most common complication of otosclerosis is hearing loss. Depending on the bone that is affected, otosclerosis can cause different types of hearing loss. Otosclerosis usually causes a conductive hearing loss, a hearing loss caused by a problem in the outer or middle ear.

Otosclerosis usually affects the stapes. The stapes rests in the entrance to the inner ear. When otosclerosis affects the stapes, the stapes becomes fixed into the oval window and interferes with sound passing waves to the inner ear.

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