Specialist expertise: Ear, Nose and Throat, Cochlear Implants, Hearing, Otology, Hearing Loss, Paediatric ENT, Hearing Restoration Surgery, Stapedectomy, Ossiculoplasty, Myringotomy.
Otosclerosis is a genetic condition that can cause hearing loss often presenting in the 20’s and 30’s. It is caused by the bone around the stapes (the third bone in the hearing chain – see diagram) furring up so that it becomes progressively immobile. It tends to affect both ears but one may be affected more than the other. Tinnitus can also be a presenting feature. Around 50% of people will have some family history of the disease. The condition may present earlier in women as it is affected by the hormones of pregnancy.