What is otosclerosis of the ear?
Accordingly, can otosclerosis be cured?
Otosclerosis cannot be cured, but the hearing loss it causes can be overcome. The three major treatments include: Hearing aids can almost always overcome the conductive hearing loss, although loss continues to progress over time.
Similarly, is otosclerosis serious? Otosclerosis can cause mild to severe hearing loss, but it very rarely causes total deafness. Your hearing usually gets worse gradually over months or a few years, and may continue to get worse if ignored and left untreated.
Secondly, how is otosclerosis diagnosed?
Otosclerosis is diagnosed using tests including:
- hearing tests – a person with otosclerosis typically has a hearing loss that affects all frequencies (pitches). The hearing loss may be conductive or mixed in nature.
- CT scan – to check for damage to the cochlear nerve and labyrinth.
Can otosclerosis cause ear pain?
In the early stages of otosclerosis, the cochlea and the nerve of hearing are not affected, though eventually they can be. Other symptoms of otosclerosis can include tinnitus and balance problems. Pain is not usually a symptom of otosclerosis.