Otosclerosis is a progressive condition that causes conductive hearing loss. It is caused by abnormal bone growth that prevents the stapes bone from vibrating, and dampens the transmission of sound.
Otosclerosis hearing loss can occur in one or both ears, which can severely impact daily communication. Sufferers may also experience Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Dr. Light is an expert in Stapedectomy surgery which can restore hearing in an ear with otosclerosis.
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 individuals who are elderly or who have other health concerns that would not allow for a surgical option.
On the other hand, 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 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 manufactured out of Teflon and platinum is inserted to replace the stapes bone. This implant is incredibly small and serves to function as an artificial stapes.
What Can Patients Expect from Stapedectomy?
The laser stapedectomy is a procedure which permits the surgeon to operate without touching the stapes. An opening is made in the frozen stapes footplate and a prosthesis is inserted to allow sound waves to enter the inner ear which restores the sound conducting mechanism and the hearing. There is very little bleeding or scarring in this procedure and patients go home several hours after surgery. Following surgery, the patient experiences little or no pain. Protective packing is left in the ear canal for 1 week after surgery. It is removed in the office one week after surgery, and patients will typically notice an immediate improvement in hearing.
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
Light ENT will address any questions or concerns following a procedure to ensure proper healing and care.
Because of Dr. Light’s extensive experience and expertise performing stapedectomy surgery, patients often travel from out of town for him to do their surgery. Our office Staff can assist in making arrangements in such circumstances.
We have following locations to serve you:
- West Palm Beach
- Boynton Beach
- Boca Raton
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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 Light ENT today at 561-737-8584.