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What causes otosclerosis?

Although it isn't fully known why people get otosclerosis, there are several factors that are known to be related to it. If one or both of your parents have otosclerosis, you have a greater chance of getting it. Having certain viral diseases, such as measles, may trigger otosclerosis. In addition, pregnancy hormones may make extra bone growth happen faster. This means that people who have otosclerosis and who are pregnant may notice more rapid changes to their hearing.

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