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Otosclerosis Symptoms & Diagnosis


Gradual hearing loss is the main symptom of otosclerosis. Hearing loss may be of two types:

  • Conductive—involving the small bones of the inner ear
  • Sensorineural—involving the following structures:
    • Cochlea—the sensory organ in the inner ear
    • The major nerve pathway (8th cranial nerve) and/or area of the brain responsible for hearing

Early in the disease, you may first notice trouble hearing low-pitched sounds or whispers. Other symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Tinnitus or sensation of ringing, roaring, or buzzing in the ear


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include:

  • Hearing tests by an audiologist
  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the ear and head
  • Examination of the middle ear at the time of surgery

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