Otosclerosis is a condition in which an abnormal sponge-like bone grows in the middle ear. This abnormal growth prevents the small bones in the ear from working properly, resulting in hearing loss. The condition can progress to more significant hearing loss.
The abnormal growth in the middle ear affects the ability of sound waves to reach the inner ear. Hearing loss is usually progressive over time, and can occur in both ears. Sudden changes in hearing are unlikely to occur in otosclerosis.
When otosclerosis is mild, or the condition is in its early stages, no intervention may be needed. If hearing loss is impacting your quality of life, hearing aids can be helpful. Due to the progressive nature of otosclerosis as hearing loss worsens over time, surgery may be necessary. If your hearing loss is extensive, a microsurgical procedure called a stapedectomy may be recommended to restore hearing.
During a stapedectomy, a portion of the stapes bone is removed and a titanium prosthesis is placed in lieu of the removed bone. The procedure is performed through the ear canal under general or local anesthesia and typically takes less than 90 minutes. Hearing loss is typically improved immediately and permanently with a stapedectomy.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and would like to discuss your treatment options, please call (860) 493-1950 or visit our patient portal to request an appointment.