Otosclerosis is an inherited disorder related to the ears that may cause partial or complete hearing loss due to the inability of the ear to amplify sound. Symptoms begin with fading hearing or ringing sound in the ears. Vertigo may also occur in rare cases.
HOW IS OTOSCLEROSIS DIAGNOSED?
Physical Examination of ear, hearing tests and possible a head scan
HOW IS OTOSCLEROSIS TREATED?
Medications such as fluoride, calcium, or vitamin D may help to slow the hearing loss. A hearing aid may be used to treat the hearing loss. This will not cure or prevent hearing loss from getting worse, but it may help with symptoms. Surgery to remove part of the ear (stapes) and replace it with a prosthesis can cure conductive hearing loss. A total replacement is called a stapedectomy. Sometimes only part of the stapes is removed and a small hole is made in the bottom of it. This is called a stapedectomy. Sometimes a laser is used to help with the surgery.