Otosclerosis is also referred to as otospongiosis and is defined as the abnormal or unusual growth of bone near the middle ear. Basically you don't see other symptoms but there is a slight deviation or defect in the bone structure. Also, it is possible that such individuals may experience hearing issues, normal tympanic membrane, etc.
HOW IS OTOSCLEROSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis will be done by an ENT or ear, throat and nose specialist who will put the patient through hearing tests like and audiometry or an audiology. A special imaging test will also be carried out along the lines of a CT scan in order to check the temporal bone for the causes that may have led to the loss of hearing.
HOW IS OTOSCLEROSIS TREATED?
Treatment for this process is three-fold starting with medicines that help in fixing or stopping this bone growth. Post this, surgery is done to repair the damage, which also includes stapedectomy and involves a small drilling in the ear. And lastly, Amplification is done for boosting the hearing process.
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition can be chronic and last for years or may even be lifelong.