Otosclerosis is an abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear. This abnormal growth prevents movement of the stapes bone, also called the stirrup. The stapes needs to vibrate to transmit sound. When the stapes can’t vibrate, sound waves don’t reach the inner ear fluids and hearing is impaired.
Treatment for otosclerosis
The most effective way to improve hearing loss due to otosclerosis is stapendectomy. This outpatient surgical procedure involves removing the abnormal stapes bone and replacing it with an artificial one. The success rate for stapendectomies is 90%.
What to expect after a stapendectomy
You’ll have packing in your treated ear for about a week. You won’t notice improvement in your hearing until the packing is removed. When it’s first removed, sound may be unclear, of poor quality or very loud. As your ear heals, this will resolve.
Most people resume normal activities within 2 weeks after surgery.
If you experience sudden hearing loss, pain or dizziness following your stapendectomy, contact your doctor immediately.
To refer a patient, please call:
- Toll free 877-588-5862