If your hearing loss seems gradual, you may be suffering from a rare condition called otosclerosis. A disorder affecting the middle ear, otosclerosis may be present in one or both ears – and should be investigated as soon as possible.
Otosclerosis is all to do with three bones within the middle ear: the malleus, the incus and the stapes. When one of these small bones gets stuck in place, it cannot vibrate, meaning you won’t be able to hear as well. Over time, the cochlea and hearing nerve are affected as well, which can result in permanent hearing loss.
takes a look at how to identify otosclerosis, along with treatment options for its effects…