How successful is stapedectomy surgery for hearing loss?
Q: I am 25 years old female suffering from hearing loss in my left ear for the last 10 years. During childhood, a liquid substance came out from my left ear, but it stopped ten years back. I am unable to hear low sounds and this is affecting my right ear also. Sometimes, tinnitus occurs in both my ears. An audiogram showed that I am suffering from otosclerosis. The doctor advised stapedectomy. What are the complications linked to stapedectomy and will I be able to hear once again?
A:Otosclerosis is treatable by surgery stapedectomy. Chances of improvement are about 92-94 percent. In 3 to 4 percent, there may not be any improvement and in 1 to 2 percent cases, there may be complete hearing loss.