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Hearing loss in one ear, rushing sounds, ear fullness. Family history of otosclerosis. Treatment?

I have reduced hearing in one ear and that ear feels full and sometimes I hear rushing sounds in it. My mother has otosclerosis so I am concerned I have the same. I visited my doctor and explained this. She has said that it is unlikely to be otosclerosis despite my family history and despite her doing a tuning fork test which to me (having googled) would suggest conductive hearing loss in one ear. What do you think?
Asked On : Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

Otosclerosis is a common cause of conductive hearing loss and it usually runs in the family. If you have any doubt a simple test called the audiometry test can rule out if you have the same.

Perform a PTA test (a conductive hearing loss is suggestive of otosclerosis) and also perform impedance (an A type curve and typically As type of curve is suggestive of otosclerosis)

You can also perform a High resolution scan of the Temporal bone which can demarcate some signs of otosclerosis

All said and then even you can get otosclerosis (maybe not because you mother has got it but even otherwise) and there is no way of preventing it. All you can do is go for continuous follow up with audiometry do that we can catch it as early as possible and start proper treatment.

take care

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Tue, 27 Aug 2013
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