What is it?
Otosclerosis is a condition characterized by the fusion of the tiny bones in the middle ear called stapes, which prevents transmission of sound to the inner ear.
What are the symptoms?
Otosclerosis manifests as:
- Hearing loss that gradually gets worse progressively.
- Ringing of the ear (tinnitus).
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with otosclerosis, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- Often when seeing a GP, a referral to an ear specialist is made for further assessment and management. Is this the case for you as well?
- Treatment for patients with otosclerosis may include hearing aids or surgery. What treatment option is best for your case?
- A healthy diet, quitting smoking and an active lifestyle can help improve overall health and well-being. Which changes can you make in your lifestyle?