What is Otosclerosis?
Otosclerosis is a slow process that eventually leads to hearing loss. In fact, most patients who suffer from otosclerosis aren’t even aware that they have it until family or friends call attention to it. In extreme cases, otosclerosis suffers rely on reading lips when communicating with another.
Otosclerosis hearing loss can occur in one or both ears, which can severely impact daily communication. Sufferers have also reported that they hear noises in the ear, which is a common otosclerosis symptom. This is also known as tinnitus. Tinnitus has been described as a hissing sound or other smaller, discreet noises.
Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment Option?
One of the most common questions people have when discussing treatment of otosclerosis is the use of hearing aids. Hearing aids are a good option for those individuals who are elderly or who have other health concerns, or are concerned about surgery in general.
On the other hand, the small group of people who suffer from otosclerosis but are generally in good health will opt for surgery to treat hearing loss.
What is the Treatment for Otosclerosis?
Otosclerosis and tinnitus can often be treated with surgery. This surgery is called stapedectomy, which involves removing the stapes bone. After the stapes bone is removed, an implant is manufactured out of Teflon and platinum and is installed and replaced. This implant is also incredibly small and serves to function as the stapes bone.
What Can Patients Expect from Stapedectomy?
Patients have reported an improvement in hearing immediately following a procedure. However, there are some side effects and common complications following a procedure. Some of these include:
- Bleeding behind the ear drum
- Extremely sensitive hearing
- Fluid behind the ear drum
- Dizziness or off-balance
- Mild pain or pressure
There is some down time required following a procedure. Patients are encouraged to rest for the first week to ten days after the procedure. Patients should also avoid:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Blowing the nose strongly
- Allowing water to enter the ear (as this can cause infection)
- Loud noises
Dr. Light and his medical team will address any questions or concerns following a procedure to ensure proper healing and care.
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- West Palm Beach
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Contact Dr. Light
Dr. Light will take the time to discuss otosclerosis as well as an individual’s options based on their medical history, symptoms, age, and other considerations. Dr. Light will also present hearing aids or stapedectomy as treatment options for otosclerosis, if he believes they are right for a particular patient.
For more information on otosclerosis, stapedectomy, or how to treat hearing loss, contact the office of Dr. Light today at 561-349-6630.