MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Otosclerosis
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  • This growth prevents the stapes (stirrup bone) from vibrating in response to sound waves, thus leading to progressive (worsening over time) hearing loss

  • Otosclerosis is the most frequent cause of middle ear hearing loss in young adults, affecting about 10% of the population of the US

  • Risks include pregnancy (which may trigger onset) and a family history of hearing loss

  • Symptoms hearing loss slow, progressive hearing may be better in noisy environments than quiet areas

  • Signs and tests An examination of the ears may rule out other causes of hearing loss

  • A hearing test (/) may determine the extent of hearing loss

  • A temporal-bone CT scan may be used to distinguish otosclerosis from other causes of hearing loss

  • Treatment Otosclerosis may be slowly progressive, and the condition may not require treatment until the extent of hearing loss is significant

  • Medications such as oral fluoride, calcium or may help to stabilize the hearing loss, but their benefit has not yet been proved

  • A hearing aid may be used to treat the hearing loss

  • This will not cure or prevent the progression of the disease, but may help alleviate the symptoms of hearing loss

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  • Common, Gradual Cause of Hearing Loss Otosclerosis is a fairly common cause of hearing loss

  • What is Otosclerosis? Otosclerosis is a hereditary condition in which the hearing loss occurs slowly, over time

  • Spongy bone tissue grows in the middle ear, leading to hearing loss when the bone tissue grows around the ossicles, or bones of the middle ear

  • Symptoms of Otoscerlosis It is not immediately obvious that a person has otosclerosis, and it does not always cause hearing loss

  • The first symptom of a hearing loss induced by otosclerosis is often that the person has difficulty understanding others

  • The hearing loss may start in the low frequencies before the high frequencies are lost, and then it may stay the same for a long time or worsen to the point that the person has a moderate hearing loss

  • In rare cases, a sensorineural (nerve) hearing loss may also develop, which makes the level of hearing loss higher

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  • Why do people lose their hearing? Medically, there are two major types of hearing loss

  • Conductive hearing loss involves the outer and middle ear

  • Conductive hearing loss generally can be corrected surgically

  • Sensorineural— or "nerve"—hearing loss involves damage to the inner ear

  • Sensorineural hearing loss usually can't be repaired surgically; it's usually corrected with a hearing aid

  • An examination will insure that there are no underlying illnesses or medical problems associated with the hearing loss: sometimes a hearing loss can be a symptom of a medical condition

  • The cause and severity of hearing loss varies from person to person

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  • The other extreme is repeated bouts with infection, thick 'glue-like' fluid, and possible complications such as permanent hearing loss

  • However, there is one problem that nearly always occurs with all types of otitis media-fluctuating hearing loss

  • How can otitis media cause a hearing loss? Three tiny bones in the middle ear carry sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear.When fluid is present, the vibrations are not transmitted efficiently and sound energy is lost

  • The result may be a mild or even a moderate hearing loss

  • Generally, this type of hearing loss is temporary

  • However, when otitis media occurs over and over again, damage to the eardrum, the bones of the ear, or even the hearing nerve can occur and cause permanent hearing loss

  • Can hearing loss due to otitis media cause speech and language problems? Children learn speech and language from listening to other people talk

  • If a hearing loss exists, a child does not get full benefit of language learning experiences - Guarding against hearing loss - Mar 18, 2004

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  • Perception of hearing loss is so slow that many people with otosclerosis only become aware of their hearing loss when friends or relatives call it to their attention

  • Many individuals with otosclerosis compensate for their hearing loss by inadvertantly learning to read lips

  • Hearing loss in otosclerosis may be in one, or both ears

  • When the hearing loss is in both ears, its effects on daily communication are significant

  • The first sign of a hearing loss can occur when a person finds themself requesting that others repeat themselves, or noting hearing difficulty when people's faces are turned away

  • If the degree of hearing loss is minimal and only affects one ear, no intervention can be considered

  • However, most people in good health will generally elect surgery to correct their hearing loss

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  • But over time, too much exposure to loud noise can lead to a condition known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)

  • In addition to noise-induced hearing loss, other types of hearing impairment can affect people during their teen years

  • Unlike hearing loss that's caused by noise, though, these types of hearing loss are not preventable

  • Conductive hearing loss results from a problem with the outer or middle ear, including the ear canal, eardrum, or ossicles

  • In many cases, conductive hearing loss can be corrected with medications or

  • Sensorineural (pronounced: sen-so-ree- nyour -ul) hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or the auditory nerve

  • This type of hearing loss is permanent

  • Mixed hearing loss occurs when someone has both conductive and sensorineural hearing problems

  • Some people have partial hearing loss, meaning that the ear can pick up some sounds; others have complete hearing loss, meaning that the ear cannot hear at all (people with complete hearing loss are considered deaf)

  • In some types of hearing loss, a person can have much more trouble when there is background noise

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  • A wide variety of quality hearing aid manufacturers are utilized, with attention to the latest research and performance studies for the style of hearing aid best suited for each individual’s hearing loss

  • Treatment for Hearing Loss The most common treatment for hearing loss is amplification with hearing aids

  • Anyone, who has a mild hearing loss or greater, can benefit from a hearing aid

  • For those with hearing loss in both ears, two hearing aids are usually recommended

  • When individuals put off seeking help for hearing loss, communication and quality of life deteriorates

  • However, the longer one waits to do something about hearing loss, the more difficult it is to recover the listening skills needed for effortless understanding of conversations and immediate interpretation of all sounds in the environment

  • Typical Signs of Hearing Loss Difficulty understanding people when you’re in a noisy place, when you can’t see the speaker’s face, or when you are more than a few feet from the sound source

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  • If this sounds familiar, you, or someone you know, may exhibit a few of the early signs of mild hearing loss, often referred to as nerve deafness

  • While hearing loss is not reversible, most age- or noise-related loss can be managed and often compensated for

  • Just as eyeglasses can correct most vision problems, hearing aids can treat the most common type of hearing loss

  • Once you know the nature and extent of the hearing loss, you will be able to make an informed decision about treatment

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  • Although hearing loss isn't life threatening, it's still one of the top health problems facing Americans today

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  • Twenty-eight million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, and as the Baby Boomers age, this number is sure to increase

  • In approximately 90% of cases, hearing loss is not medically or surgically treatable, but can be successfully helped with hearing aids

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  • Mark Rejhon's Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Impairment & Deafness! How to speak to me How do I communicate over the phone line? How do I watch television and movies? How do I wake up to go to work? Links to other related pages Since birth, I have had a profound hearing loss which means I have a 90% loss of hearing ability

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  • Back in the late 1970's the only hearing instruments powerful enough for my level of hearing loss were Phonic Ear units that strapped to my chest

  • I am looking forward to the time when fully digital hearing aids are available for my level of hearing loss! My hearing impairment is such that I can hear the first 70 keys of a regular 88-key piano very well

  • Another way to picture my hearing loss is that this sentence: "Hello, this is Mark Rejhon" Sounds exactly the same to my ears as: "eh-oh ih iz ah ay-awn" This is because I hear the vowels well enough, but not the consonants, due to the nature of my hearing

  • However, at my level of hearing loss, it is very difficult for me to follow people when they speak to me

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  • OTORRHINOLARYNGOLOGY CHRISTIANE RIBEIRO ANIAS Otosclerosis I) Introduction Otosclerosis is one of the most common causes of conductive hearing loss

  • If the otosclerotic focus involves the footplate of the stapes it results in increase of the impedance to the passage of sound through the ossicular chain, producing conductive hearing loss.When otosclerotic lesions impring the coclear, permanent sensory hearing loss occurs

  • IV) Diagnosis The patient complains of a bilateral and progressive hearing loss

  • The surgery has better results in patients with pure conductive hearing loss

  • Some evidence ssuggest that patients with otosclerosis involving the cochlea may have their level of hearing loss stabilized by treatment with oral sodium fluoride over prolongued periods of time, but more studies about this treatment is neccessary

  • If stapedectomy is not carried out for the pure middle ear type, the deafness progresses and eventually the patient has a high grade hearing loss, bordering on total deafness

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  • Unilateral hearing loss, progressive (>90 %)

  • A tumor that gets large enough can cause spontaneous thrombosis if the internal auditory artery, which causes sudden, complete loss of auditory and vestibular function

  • Signs • 66% of patients have no abnormal findings except hearing loss

  • • Meningiomas usually arise from the anterior-superior edge of the IAC, and thus, clinically, may have slightly different presentation, particularly, with earlier VIIth nerve signs, later hearing loss, more frequent tic-like pain (Vth nerve involvement), calcification, and bony hypertrophy on imaging

  • Speech discrimination moderate to severe loss, out of proportion to pure-tone loss

  • • The usual neuroma would present as unilateral sensorineural hearing loss with discrimination impariment out of proportion to pure-tone thresholds, normal tympanometry and compliance, absent acoustic reflex or with decay, and positive (delayed) BSAER (brainstem auditory evoked response)

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  • Reconcile yourself to the fact of their hearing loss

  • Don't talk with your back to people with hearing loss

  • People with hearing loss can't judge their volume, and will be speaking loudly in a crowd to enable them to hear their own voice

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  • Detection in the soundfield for warbled pure tones/narrow band noise stimuli is commensurate with hearing at the upper limits of normal to mild hearing loss

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  • Worldwide, at least 5% of the population (1 in 20) is estimated to have less than average hearing.[] The great majority of people with less than average hearing are elderly or developed hearing loss after leaving school

  • They are mostly either individuals who were born deaf () or became deaf at an early age ( or ) and who have a 'severe or profound hearing loss' or are

  • Hearing Impaired Deaf generally implies a profound loss of hearing; someone with a is more likely to be referred to as hearing impaired or the qualified partially deaf

  • The term hearing impaired may be used to describe all degrees of hearing loss up to and including total deafness

  • People with a moderate hearing loss, of about 60 dB, generally describe themselves as 'partially deaf'

  • Those with a slight hearing loss (eg

  • about 30-40 dB hearing loss), or have lost some of their hearing in old age may prefer an informal term such as 'hard of hearing'

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