Pathological changes with the third auditory ossicle endanger the ability to hear. Operation to improve hearing with otosclerosis: stapes surgery.
For people who have otosclerosis, the pathological process affects the tiny bone structure of the inner ear. This leads to ossification of the stapes, the smallest of the ossicles. The flexibility and swing of the stapes, essential for good hearing, is restricted and hearing is lost to a greater or lesser extent. The decline in your hearing may cause middle ear deafness, inner ear deafness, or combined deafness of the middle and inner ear.
If the otosclerotic limitation of your hearing is only minimal, then we can wait and watch carefully for further developments of the condition. However, when otosclerotic deafness is already advanced and severe hearing loss is apparent, then the patient must often decide between a hearing aid and an operation for otosclerosis. We perform otosclerosis surgery and offer consultation on the chances of success of the surgery, but can also tell you about the potential risks and complications.
Generally, the hearing-enhancing surgery for otosclerosis entails replacing the tiny auditory stapes ossicle with a prosthesis. This variation of middle ear surgery is also called stapesplasty.