Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Otosclerosis Overview

What is otosclerosis?
A person with otosclerosis has abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear. The bone does not transmit sound normally, resulting in hearing loss. Otosclerosis is one of the most common causes of deafness in young adults.

What are the symptoms of otosclerosis?
Symptoms of otosclerosis include slowly worsening hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and dizziness.

How does the doctor treat otosclerosis?
Treatment for otosclerosis may include a hearing aid, or surgery to repair the tiny bones in the ear.

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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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