What is Otosclerosis?
Otosclerosis is a condition that affects the otic capsule, the bone that surrounds the inner ear (cochlea). There are two things that happen as the bone decomposes and then regrows:
- The oval window has more bone deposited there, which prevents the stapes bone from moving as much. A conductive hearing loss develops as a result of this. One ear or both may experience this.
- Enzyme secretion irritates the inner ear’s nerve cells, which can occasionally result in neural hearing loss, tinnitus, or vertigo.
What causes Otosclerosis?
Due to a genetic component, a patient’s family may include other members who are also hard of hearing. It affects women somewhat more frequently than it does males, and pregnancy frequently speeds up the disease. According to recent studies, the measles virus may contribute to the development of otosclerosis.
How do we treat Otosclerosis?
Although there is no known treatment for otosclerosis, there are a number of ways to manage the symptoms and decrease the disease’s progression:
Many otosclerosis patients can benefit from hearing aids to improve their hearing.