Otosclerosis is a serious bone deformation is a common cause of hearing loss for people in their twenties and thirties. The human ear contains three little bones that serve as sound transmitters from the outer to inner ear. This disease fuses the bones together, so they are no longer able to vibrate. This causes a loss of hearing in the affected ear or ears. The seriousness of the condition varies, but it usually causes partial rather than a full hearing loss. Doctors can restore hearing in the vast majority of cases with the latest medical techniques. Figures from the UK show about 2% of the population have otosclerosis
1. Do not confuse with age-related hearing loss
Nobody is surprised to discover that older adults find it difficult to hear. This deterioration in hearing abilities often occurs after a certain age, and it accompanies weakening eyesight and other signs of physical decline. However, seniors usually start to find it hard to hear high-pitched sounds while otosclerosis affects the ability to hear low pitch sounds. The fact that otosclerosis primarily affects young adults is one of its most characteristic symptoms. Most commonly it develops between the ages of 15 and 35 with women more likely to suffer from it. Occasionally children can also get otosclerosis.