Ostosclerosis

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

In some patients there can be fixation of the little bones in the middle ear particularly the third called the Stapes or Stirrup. This results in a condition called otosclerosis. Diagnosis can be assisted by high resolution MRI/CT imaging.

Once the diagnosis is made treatment can involve conservative measures such as a hearing aid but occasionally an operation called Stapedectomy is considered which involves replacing the fixed stirrup ossicle with prosthesis.

Tympanosclerosis is due to scar tissue formation involving either the ear drum or the little bones in the middle ear. This can sometime be improved by surgical intervention but once caused for significant hearing loss hearing aids are required

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This tends to occur more commonly in females and the process is exacerbated by periods of hormonal change such as puberty and pregnancy.

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