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How is otosclerosis diagnosed?

A doctor may suspect you have otosclerosis based on your symptoms (hearing loss that gradually gets worse, dizziness, tinnitus), and may order tests for you. You may see an otolaryngologist (a doctor specializing in the ear, nose, and throat), an otologist (a doctor who specializes mainly in the ear), and/or an audiologist (someone who specializes in hearing issues and measurement). The results of the tests will be shown on an audiogram and a tympanogram. These tests show the range of sounds you can hear as well as how well your middle ear can transmit sound. In order to make sure that your hearing loss is caused by otosclerosis and not by something else, you may also have a CT scan.

Eric E. Smouha, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Otosclerosis causes a characteristic type of hearing loss, which is mechanical or “conductive.” This can be identified by a hearing test. Besides hearing loss, otosclerosis sometimes causes ringing or noise in the ear and dizziness or imbalance.

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