Otosclerosis

Treatment

Is there a treatment for the conductive hearing loss in otosclerosis?

There are 4 ways that otoslcerosis is usually treated:

1) No treatment – let your hearing stabilize on its own.

2) Hearing aids

3) Sodium fluoride treatment (dietary supplement, not a medicine). However, this form of treatment is not widely used, as it has not been proven in scientific studies to be useful.

4) Surgery (stapedectomy). The surgeon will place a small prosthetic device in your middle ear to bypass the stapes bone, the bone that is stuck in place causing the symptoms of otosclerosis. This allows the sound waves to travel into the inner ear and restores the patient’s hearing. This surgery has also been shown to be treat tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

To learn more about treatment options, talk with your doctor.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/otosclerosis/treatment/9217 • DATE UPDATED: 2016-06-15

References

Otosclerosis. American Hearing Research Foundation. (http://american-hearing.org/disorders/otosclerosis/)

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