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What increases my risk for otosclerosis?

Having a family history of otosclerosis increases your risk for developing it. If you have one biological parent with otosclerosis, your chance of getting it is 25 percent. If both your biological parents have it, your chance of getting it increases to 50 percent. For people who are genetically predisposed to otosclerosis, having had viral diseases -- specifically, measles -- also seems to increase the risk of getting otosclerosis.

Caucasian, middle-aged women are the population group most likely to develop otosclerosis, although some people start having hearing loss related to otosclerosis as early as age ten. Overall, an estimated 10 percent of Caucasian adults have the disease, although not all have related hearing loss. It is rare in African Americans.

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