Otosclerosis Symptoms, Treatments & More

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  • 1. 'Otosclerosis.' National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 Dec. 2020, www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/otosclerosis.
  • 2. NHS Choices, NHS, www.nhs.uk/conditions/otosclerosis/.
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Bone tissues regrowing and replacing themselves are a natural part of life. But when this process, called bone remodeling, happens abnormally, it can damage delicate structures in the body.

Otosclerosis is when abnormal bone remodeling makes it difficult for sound to travel from the middle ear to the inner ear. Over three million people in the United States are affected by otosclerosis, which can cause partial deafness, tinnitus and problems with balance. Treatments are available, but each type of treatment comes with its own risks. Understanding the condition and possible treatments can help those living with otosclerosis choose the best options for them.1‘Otosclerosis.’ National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 Dec. 2020, www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/otosclerosis.

1. Symptoms of Otosclerosis

The most noticeable and most common symptom of otosclerosis is difficulty hearing which gradually progresses for months or years. Hearing loss starts in one ear and then affects both ears. It’s rare for a person with otosclerosis to become completely deaf, but they may not be able to hear deep or quiet sounds. A person with otosclerosis may speak quietly because their voice sounds abnormally loud to them. They may hear more easily with background noise, something that is not as common for other deaf or hard of hearing people.2NHS Choices, NHS, www.nhs.uk/conditions/otosclerosis/.

Some people with otosclerosis report dizziness and issues with balance. Tinnitus, a persistent roaring, buzzing or hissing sound in the ears, is another possible symptom.1‘Otosclerosis.’ National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 Dec. 2020, www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/otosclerosis.

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