Unanswered questions about otosclerosis
Really glad that I found this place! I was diagnosed (by an audiologist) as probably having otosclerosis. Iím fortunate, in that my hearing loss is so far mild and only obvious in one ear. Unfortunately, the tinnitus in that ear really stepped up this year (part of the reason for going to the audiologist), so itís still annoying.
The audiologist didnít really act worried about my situation and told me that I could go to an ENT, but that the only options I have are stapes surgery or hearing aids.
Iíve been doing a lot of reading and scanning of articles and forums. I have a few questions I havenít seen answered yet, and Iím hoping people here might have some idea.
Is it better to have a stapedectomy earlier on in the course of the disease? Does removing the stapes help to prevent nerve damage in the inner ear?
Does Fluorical help? Iíve seen anecdotal evidence that it does, but is it still recommended by ENTs and others as helping to slow down the disease? Does anyone here have firsthand experience with it?