Otosclerosis: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment

Symptom | Causes | Treatment

Otosclerosis is a kind of ear disease which causes hearing loss. Our ear is divided into three parts front, middle, and inner. The area behind the eardrum is called middle ear it has tiny bones which amplify sound waves.

In Otosclerosis the bone of the middle ear is abnormal grown that stops vibration. This is the reason of hearing loss because of the sounds waves unable to reach the inner ear.

Ear Structure

If the abnormal growth of bone stretches into the internal ear, the sense of balance may be influenced. Ladies matured somewhere in the range of 15 and 30 years are most normally influenced by otosclerosis. The reason is obscure, however, chance components incorporate family history, gender, and pregnancy. Treatment alternatives may incorporate medical procedure.


Most of the time it is hereditary, even isolated cases do happen. Both ears might be affected however it is more typical for one ear to be extremely influenced than the other. If you left it untreated. in long-term, unfortunately, complete deafness happens.

Symptoms of Otosclerosis

An otosclerosis determination ought to be made by a specialist, however, a few signs can be distinguished by the suffering person or their relatives.

Solid background noise can add to the confusion of individuals with nerve deafness, however, in the case of otosclerosis, this perplexity does not regularly happen. In some cases, the individual may even hear better in a noisy environment (paracusis), perhaps on account of the high recurrence and tumult of other individuals’ voices in those conditions. Otosclerosis tends to influence low frequencies more than high ones.

Indications may likewise show up in form of dizziness, balance issues (vertigo), and tinnitus


Otosclerosis is traditionally analyzed by the specialist, which incorporate dynamic conductive hearing loss, a typical tympanic layer, and no proof of center ear irritation. The cochlear projection may have a swoon pink tinge mirroring the vascularity of the sore, referred to as the Schwartz sign.

Usually, discernible hearing misfortune starts at middle-age, however, can begin much sooner. The hearing misfortune was for quite some time accepted to deteriorate amid pregnancy, yet ongoing exploration does not bolster this belief.

Differential testing

Otosclerosis can be diagnosed by two different testing which is discussed below.


The obsession of the stapes inside the oval window causes a conductive hearing loss. In unadulterated tone audiometry, this shows as air-bone holes on the audiogram (i.e. a distinction of in excess of 10 dB between the air-conduction and bone-conduction edges at a given test recurrence).


Be that as it may, an average obsession of the ossicular chain hinders both the inertial and osseotympanic methods of bone conduction, expanding the bone-conduction edges between 500 Hz and 4 kHz, and decreasing the extent of air-bone holes.

As 2 kHz is the resounding recurrence of the ossicular chain, the biggest increment in the bone-conduction edge (around 15 dB) happens at this recurrence – the resultant indent is called Carhart’s score and is a helpful clinical marker for average ossicular-chain fixation.[6]

Tympanometry estimates the pinnacle weight (TPP) and pinnacle remunerated static permission (Ytm) of the center ear at the eardrum. As the stapes is ankylosed in otosclerosis, the parallel end of the ossicular chain may at present be very portable.

In this manner, otosclerosis may just marginally decrease the permission, bringing about either a shallow tympanogram (type AS) or an ordinary tympanogram (type A). Otosclerosis increments in the solidness of the center ear framework, raising its full recurrence.

This can be evaluated utilizing multi-recurrence tympanometry. Along these lines, a high thunderous recurrence pathology, for example, otosclerosis can be separated from low full recurrence pathologies, for example, ossicular irregularity.

Without a pathology, a loud sound (by and large more noteworthy than 70 dB above limit) causes the stapedius muscle to contract, diminishing the permission of the center ear and softening the apparent clamor of the sound.

In the event that the portability of the stapes is diminished because of otosclerosis, at that point stapedius muscle withdrawal does not altogether diminish the permission.

At the point when acoustic reflex testing is led, the acoustic reflex edges (ART) can’t be resolved when endeavoring to quantify on the influenced side. Likewise, a conductive pathology will constrict the test boosts, bringing about either hoisted reflex limits or missing reflexes when the jolt is displayed in the influenced ear and estimated in the other ear.

CT imaging

Imaging is typically not pursued in those with uncomplicated conductive hearing misfortune and characteristic clinical discoveries. Those with just conductive hearing misfortune are regularly treated restoratively or with the medical procedure without imaging. The determination might be misty clinically in instances of sensorineural or blended hearing loss and may end up evident just on imaging. Hence, imaging is regularly performed when the hearing misfortune is sensorineural or blended.

A high-resolution CT demonstrates exceptionally inconspicuous bone discoveries. Notwithstanding, CT is typically not required before surgery.

On CT Otosclerosis can be divided by using the grading system.

  • Grade 1: Solely fenestral;
  • Grade 2: Patchy localized cochlear disease to either the basal cochlear turn (2A), or the middle/apical turns (grade 2B), or both the basal turn and the middle/apical turns (2C).
  • Grade 3: diffuse confluent cochlear involvement.


There is four treatment option which we can use.

treatment of otosclerosis

Do nothing (conservative approach)

Sometime Otosclerosis does not be treated. Specialist just gives the advice to have to repeat the hearing test once in a year (or earlier if worse hearing).


Sometime Hearing aids are more effective for conductive hearing loss.

Medical treatment

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Regular measurements are one tablet three times each day (Florical) and a couple of tablets three times each day (Monocle). Following two long periods of fluoride treatment, the measurements is diminished from three times each day to once per day.

Once the otospongiosis period of otosclerosis is finished and there is an obvious otosclerosis recorded by conductive hearing misfortune, fluoride might be ceased.

In principle, evasion of estrogens or utilization of estrogen blockers may be useful in an individual with otosclerosis, since otosclerosis every now and again intensifies amid pregnancy, proposing a hormonal adjustment. As far as anyone is concerned, this theory has not been studied.

Surgical treatment

In 1957, Dr. John Shea invented the Procedure of stapedectomy for the conductive hearing loss, which hearing results were very effective, that remain effective for a long time after the surgery. In this surgery, the stapes bone is exchange with a prosthetic device.

This surgery is partial removal of the stapes bone for implantation of a prosthetic device and has similar results (Marchese et al 2007, Quaranta et al 2005 ). Surgery may be performed with laser dissection.  

Cochlear Implantation

Cochlear inserts are utilized effectively in patients with otosclerosis. Patients with the best preoperative hearing levels are well on the way to profit. Cochlear inserts are more hard to position in otosclerosis because of sclerosis of the inward ear. Patients may likewise encounter facial nerve incitement by the cochlear embed, more typical in patients with extreme infection. Facial nerve incitement requires update medical procedure or alignment of the embed with a specific end goal to assuage this symptom (Calmels et al 2007, Carlson et al 2011, Dumon 2007, Marshall et al 2005, Mosnier et al 2007, Psillas et al 2007, Quaranta et al 2005, Rama-Lopez et al 2006, Rotteveel et al 2004, Sainz et al 2007, Venail et al 2007). Cochlear implantation has been executed as starting treatment.

The side effect of surgical treatment

This technique may permit shirking of portable hearing assistance and enhance tinnitus (Sobrinho 2004, Sparano 2004, Avache 2003). In any case, it doesn’t help the tangible part of the hearing misfortune and, best case scenario may close the “air-bone” hole. It likewise does not affect vertigo that is some of the time related with otosclerosis.

As per Nadal, stapedectomy is shown in patients with great reciprocal inward ear work, and conductive hearing misfortune going from 25 to 30 dB in chose frequencies.

Stapedectomy is absurd if segregation scores are lower than 65%, as this demonstrates there is a significant tangible part. Patients with stapedectomy may accomplish better outcomes with listening devices on account of the requirement for less intensification.

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