How many times, in front of a person to whom we have repeated the same thing two or three times, we exclaim: “Are you deaf?!”. We think a little has happened to everyone. Sometimes even when we are dealing with younger children or adults just over 30 years old. Let’s say the problem wasn’t hearing, but rather a lack of attention to what we were saying. On the other hand, sometimes, this is not the case and those who may not hear, out of shame, hide behind inattention to hide a problem. If we think of those who suffer from hearing-related diseases, even when looking at various advertisements for hearing aids, the elderly often come to mind. This will likely deter those young people who have a problem but don’t want to know about it.
Sometimes it is accompanied by dizziness, other times unsteadiness, however, this pathology has subtle symptoms, as we will soon see. It is not accompanied by pain and occurs more often in an age group between 30 and 40 years, compared to the higher group. It’s called otosclerosis and it’s a gradual hearing loss, certainly not instantaneous, but it gets worse over time, if neglected and untreated.
Vertigo, balance problems and hearing loss may be symptoms of this painless condition that has been creating many problems for over 30 years.
In addition to deafness, which is the main symptom, another problem that can be traced back to this pathology is the presence of Tinnitus. They are commonly referred to as “ear ringing” and are very annoying sounds, unfortunately, for which there is no specific treatment yet. In fact, despite numerous studies, science has not only found the solution, it has not discovered the reason for it. As we said earlier, the symptoms to watch out for are dizziness and feeling unsteady. It must be said that they are very rare, but since they can be signs of other, more serious diseases, they often cause you more anxiety.
Diagnosis and treatment
If we exhibit even one of these problems, we must immediately contact an otolaryngologist who, through audiometric examination, will eventually be able to detect this disease. It is not directly hereditary, but can also be passed down through generations. This could mean that if the grandfather was affected, he might not have passed it on to his son, but instead passed it on to his grandson.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment other than surgery. Often to replace a small bone in the ear called the stirrup. The intervention is called A few stirrupsThis can be bilateral if it affects both ears and side if it affects only one. Through surgery, hearing completely recovers and today it is a fairly common, albeit always delicate, operation. Thus, dizziness, balance problems and hearing loss can indicate the presence of otosclerosis. Pathology is not to be underestimated and not to be ashamed of, even if it affects an age group that has always been considered young and strong.