Knowledge

How a Bone in Your Ear Might be Affecting Your Hearing

There are a number of ways that can cause someone to experience a form of hearing loss. Here's one way you may not be too familiar with. 

Most people attribute hearing loss with a handful of reasons. The first and most common being something along the lines of, "it happens as you get older" followed by, "it’s probably from listening to music too loud."

Though these claims aren’t false, they represent exactly what we hope to change here at SayWhat – a lack of information. The truth is that there’s a number of different types of hearing loss, and even more ways that someone can be affected by it. 

One of the more rare cases comes in the form of individuals born with an excessive bone growth in their middle ear. This is known in the medical community as Otosclerosis and affects an individual’s ability to hear lower frequencies.

Otosclerosis is a disease of the bones of the middle and inner ear. Over time the ossicles (bones) become knit together into an immovable mass, and do not transmit sound as well as when they are more flexible. 

It’s completely hereditary so if you have family members with hearing loss, you may want to have a conversation with them to see what type. 

Symptoms of Otosclerosis

If you continuously feel any of the sensations below, we highly recommend speaking with a hearing professional.

  • Hearing loss that began in one ear and moved to the other
  • Difficulty hearing low-pitched sounds
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Tinnitus

Otosclerosis can be corrected with surgery but for those not in favor of going under the knife, hearing aids are your solution. There are plenty of hearing aids on the market that will be made available to you by your physician once your level of hearing loss is assessed.

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