How is severe otosclerosis treated?
Treatment options for otosclerosis include medications, use of hearing aids, and surgery. Medical treatment is indicated in the early active stage of the disease, which usually goes unnoticed, while hearing aids tend to be indicated when patients refuse surgery.
If your hearing loss is serious or gets worse, your doctor may recommend a surgery called a stapedectomy. With this procedure, a surgeon puts a device in your middle ear that moves the stuck stapes bone, letting sound waves travel to your inner ear so you can hear better.
A stapedectomy can help some people. But like all types of surgery, it has risks. In rare cases, it can make hearing loss worse.