Understanding Otosclerosis The relationship between advancing age and hearing loss is well-documented, as is the impact of age-related hearing loss on older individuals, particularly older women (Garstecki & Erler, 1995). Less is understood about other permanent hearing conditions that begin to affect individuals early in adult life, but continue to progress ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2002
Understanding Otosclerosis
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  • Dean C. Garstecki
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Susan F. Erler
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
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Hearing Disorders / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2002
Understanding Otosclerosis
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 2002, Vol. 7, 13-16. doi:10.1044/gero7.2.13
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 2002, Vol. 7, 13-16. doi:10.1044/gero7.2.13
The relationship between advancing age and hearing loss is well-documented, as is the impact of age-related hearing loss on older individuals, particularly older women (Garstecki & Erler, 1995). Less is understood about other permanent hearing conditions that begin to affect individuals early in adult life, but continue to progress in severity with age. One such condition is otosclerosis. The earliest sign of otosclerosis is a mild conductive hearing loss, which in some instances increases to total deafness. It is typically treated by medical, surgical, and prosthetic interventions that vary in their long-term effectiveness. This article provides a brief overview of otosclerosis and its treatment options. Because otosclerosis is more common in women, its impact on women and factors to consider in clinical management are discussed. The need for additional data is briefly addressed in an effort to stimulate continued clinical research. Finally, a short list of questions is provided for use in determining counseling needs among potential and actual victims of the disease and their families.
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