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What exactly is otosclerosis?

What exactly is otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis: Otosclerosis generally equals stiffening of the ear bones by depositing bone around the oval window / stapes (inner of the three ear bones). This stiffens the joint, leading to worsening of hearing over time. Also, bone may be deposited around the cochler (inner ear) and contribute to additional hearing loss. If you have otosclerosis, I presume this means you have seen an ent. ...Read more

Dr. Jed Kwartler
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Otosclerosis (Definition)

This is a condition of abnormal bone maturation which most commonly affects the base/footplate of the third ear bone or stapes. It fixes it so it can't vibrate leading to ...Read more


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Having otosclerosis help please?

Having otosclerosis help please?

Surgery: Depending on the amount of conductive hearing loss you have, the only treatment is surgical removal of the stapes bone and insertion of a prosthesis. If the conductive loss is greater than 35 dB, I would recommend stapedectomy by an experienced otologist. There is, however, a 1% chance of a poor result. However, otosclerosis is a progressive disease. ...Read more

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How do you best treat otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis: Besides doing nothing since it is not a life threatening condition, treatment is either with a hearing aid or with surgery called a stapedectomy. This is done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthetic and takes about 30 minutes, and is highly successful in improving hearing. ...Read more

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What are the tests for otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis: Usually all you need is a physical exam of the ears and a hearing test. Occasionally a ct scan of the ear might be ordered. ...Read more

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Does otosclerosis usually have many symptoms?

Does otosclerosis usually have many symptoms?

Mainly hearing loss.: The primary symptom is a gradually worsening hearing loss that occurs in one or both ears over many years. As hearing loss progresses, ringing or similar noise in the ears (tinnitus) may also worsen. A small percentage of patients may also suffer from episodes of vertigo/dizziness; however, most patients only experience the hearing loss from otosclerosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis: This is a condition of abnormal bone maturation which most commonly affects the base/footplate of the third ear bone or stapes. It fixes it so it can't vibrate leading to a conductive hearing loss. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child aged 25 years diagonised otosclerosis.?

What do you suggest if my child aged 25 years diagonised otosclerosis.?

Ear: Options are to observe with hearing tests each year or so; hearing aids or stapedectomy. Depends on how bad the hearing is. Although the diagnosis is made on a hearing test, Ct scans of the ear are often done to confirm it. ...Read more

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What is a stapendectomy for otosclerosis like?

Otosclerosis: Outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with sedation to relax you. Takes about 30 minutes. Most common symptom after is dizziness which can be mild to severe and last a few days to a few weeks. Typically very successful surgery in improving hearing. ...Read more

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Otosclerosis, what was the point of the surgery?

Otosclerosis: What do you mean? Did you not have a conversation with your surgeon? The point is to improve the hearing. ...Read more

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What is a otosclerosis surgery?

What is a otosclerosis surgery?

Otosclerosis surgery: Surgery to help hearing in otosclerosis generally bypasses the stiffening of the ear bones. Usually, the joint between the incus / stapes is cut, a small window is made through the stapes footplate with a laser, then a very small piston is inserted between the incus and the stapes footplate. ...Read more

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My daughter aged 25 years diagonised otosclerosis. How is this treated?

Depends: She needs to have a complete workup by an ENT physician. AT her age surgery to repair or replace the ossicles would be the first consideration. ...Read more

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Are there any natural therapy for otosclerosis?

See answer: Other than possibly sodium fluoride, there are no proven, evidence-based natural or homeopathic treatment alternatives for otosclerosis. However, alternative treatments have been used for such symptoms of otosclerosis as tinnitus: acupuncture, zinc supplements, ginkgo, hypnosis, and hearing therapy. Observation, hearing aids, and surgery are the standard treatments. ...Read more

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If I have problem in otosclerosis, does it affect the eardrum?

If I have problem in otosclerosis, does it affect the eardrum?

Otosclerosis: Otosclerosis is a problem with the third ear bone called the stapes. It does not involve the ear drum ever. ...Read more

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What is otosclerosis-conductive hearing loss in child?

Otosclerosis: Otosclerosis is where the third ear bone or stapes becomes fixed, unable to vibrate and transmit sound energy to the inner ear. More common in adults though it can be found in children. ...Read more

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I did otosclerosis surgey in left year my hearing come back to normal about 90% but the tinnitus become louder, what could be my problem?

Progression?: Unfortunately otosclerosis is a progressive disease. Classically it causes a conductive hearing loss to bony changes in the middle ear. It can also cause changes in the inner ear - cochlear otosclerosis. This can cause sensorineural hearing loss and this can increase tinnitus. I suggest you return to your ear surgeon for a post op follow up. ...Read more

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Does otosclerosis make your ear feel plugged tge same way fluid does?

Sometimes: People often confuse hearing loss with ear fullness/plugging. Furthermore, otosclerosis can affect your inner ear sometimes producing a process called endolymphatic hydrops. This itself can produce the sensation of ear fullness. ...Read more

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1 month ago had cold and left ear's still plugged. Got audigram that showed low freq in 50 dB, january were 15-20. Could this be otosclerosis or cold?

1 month ago had cold and left ear's still plugged. Got audigram that showed low freq in 50 dB, january were 15-20. Could this be otosclerosis or cold?

Viral infection: If the left ear plugging or hearing loss started with a cold why would you think of otosclerosis. If a competent doctor observes the ear drum and there is fluid in the middle ear, then a drainage procedure can cure you. Middle ear fluid can also cause a low frequency conductive hearing loss. Otosclerosis or stapes fixation occurs over many months or years. See and ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I've otosclerosis. I am 39 weeks pregnant n the hearing has worsened. Will an induced delivery worsen otosclerosis?

No: It has long been held that hearing loss in otosclerosis worsened during pregnancy. Recent data disputes this. Method of delivery should have no effect on hearing loss. ...Read more

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Stapedectomy 8y ago w/ great results. Now left ear's plugged 1 month after cold, audiogram 50 db in low freq (january were 10). Is otosclerosis back?

Stapedectomy 8y ago w/ great results. Now left ear's plugged 1 month after cold, audiogram 50 db in low freq (january were 10). Is otosclerosis back?

Probably not: I'm assuming the issues are with the operated ear, not the other ear. If the hearing decreased fairly rapidly with a cold and still feels plugged, and if your hearing loss is a conductive one (should be able to tell on audiogram), then it's likely fluid under the eardrum. If your ENT does not see any fluid, there could be a problem with the prosthesis having separated/eroded through the incus. ...Read more

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Diagnosed as child with otosclerosis, last couple years been having fluctuating hearing loss, vertigo episodes, ringing in ear. Possible misdiagnosis?

Otosclerosis: Otosclerosis can also affect the inner ear so may not be misdiagnosis. Evaluation with updated hearing test, ct temporal bones might be helpful. ...Read more

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I have been told I have otosclerosis in both ears with 15% hearing loss I have constant pain in both ears would hearing aids help?

I have been told I have otosclerosis in both ears with 15% hearing loss I have constant pain in both ears would hearing aids help?

Probably not: Your hearing loss is too minimal to make hearing aids necessary, and they would not help your pain. Ask your ENT about other treatments to address your pain. ...Read more

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I've been told I have otosclerosis and have too have hearing aids as I have 15% hearing loss in both ears I am in constant pain with earache with it?

Need specialist eval: Your complaints of pain would not be due to otosclerosis. You need an ear nose and throat specialist evaluation to determine the cause of your pain. It could be inflammation, infection, eustachian tube dysfunction, cholesteotoma or a host of other possible causes. Sorry the centers not more helpful. Best of luck Dr. R ...Read more

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Blood normal, CT scan otosclerosis plaque showed in left ear, would this cause dizziness, fever, fatigue? What is otosclerosis plaque?

Otosclerosis: See a board certified otolaryngologist to evaluate the otosclerosis. It can cause hearing issues. ...Read more

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My wife has got hearing difficulty. One doctor said she has got otoscelerosis? Any medicine for this?

No...: Treatment is surgical replacement of the stapes bone with a prosthesis.Discuss with your otologist. ...Read more

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What’s the drug of choice among returning veterans?

What’s the drug of choice among returning veterans?

Alcohol: Unfortunately the old stand-by, alcohol, is still #1 with veterans. Many have exposure to pain medications like ocycontin and some have a problem with marijuana. But alcohol is the biggie. ...Read more