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    Old 10-11-2013, 06:42 AM   #1
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    otosclerosis

    Can anyone please tell me how someone can be definitely diagnosed with otosclerosis? Will an mri or ct scan show this condition? I have reason to suspect that something is going on with my hearing and would like to know. Thank you.

     
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    Old 10-11-2013, 07:08 AM   #2
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    Re: otosclerosis

    You have a hearing test that shows rotten hearing for the low frequencies but decent hearing though bone. This is "conductive deafness" and almost always otosclerosis.
    First clue is an ability to hear lower notes through the bone (cheek, forehead when touched with a tuning fork...or a music box) better than when held near the ear.

    I diagnosed mine a million years ago when I realized I could hear my Accutron watch humming when I touched my front teeth with the watch but not when I held it up to my ear. That was when the surgery was in its infancy and most moronic ear doctors were still prescribing hearing aids for 30 year olds.

    I found one of the pioneers of the surgery.

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    Old 10-11-2013, 10:42 AM   #3
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    Re: otosclerosis

    Can an ent tell by looking at a hearing test if I should have it?

     
    Old 10-20-2013, 06:32 AM   #4
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    Re: otosclerosis

    A decent ENT can diagnose otosclerosis with a high degree of accuracy by looking at a hearing curve.

     
    Old 10-24-2013, 07:40 AM   #5
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    Re: otosclerosis

    The ENT has to look for what's called the "bone gap", which is the difference in hearing between air conduction and bone conduction (which means that the audiologist has to perform both tests). If there's about a 20-25 db "bone gap" in the lower frequencies, then you most likely have otosclerosis and should discuss having a stapedectomy with a neurotologist. A good neurotologist can see otosclerosis on a CT scan (mine did), but most radiologists can't.

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