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Otology & Neurotology

Chicagoland’s premier Otology and Neurotology. ENT Surgical Consultants is proud to serve our patients with outstanding, comprehensive, cutting edge, and state-of-the-art diagnostic Otology and Neurotology.  Please contact us today for your Hearing Evaluation 815-725-1191.

Otology / Neurotology Services

Conditions We Treat


Ossicular Implants

The first titanium prosthesis was designed in 1994 in cooperation with doctors of the Dominikus Hospital in Dusseldorf. It was based on the years of experience Kurz had in designing and producing gold prostheses. Kurz followed the suggestions of well-known otologists, who introduced the idea of titanium as the material of the future in middle ear surgery. The superiority of the new implant compared to previous middle ear prostheses with respect to biocompatibility, hearing improvement and intraoperative manipulation became evident even in the testing phase. From a long-term perspective, the prosthesis has proven itself, especially in regard to its reliability and safety.

Benefits

  • Small mass for good sound conduction
  • Evenly distributed weight facilitates implantation
  • Large surface contact with the tympanic membrane or transplant prevents tilting
  • Optimal shape adaptability ensures smooth progress of the intervention
  • Excellent biocompatibility for irritant-free integration into the middle ear
  • Individual shape adaptation through simple bending
  • MR safe (7.0 T)

Stapedectomy for Otosclerosis

Otosclerosis is an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear that causes hearing loss.

Causes

The cause of otosclerosis is unknown, but there appears to be a heriditary component, meaning it can be passed down through families. In this condition, an abnormal sponge-like bone grows in the middle ear. This growth prevents the ear from vibrating in response to sound waves -- which must happen in order for you to hear. This lack of vibration leads to hearing loss that continues to get worse with time.

Otosclerosis is the most frequent cause of middle ear hearing loss in young adults. It affects about 10% of the U.S. population. It is a disorder that gets worse slowly, usually beginning in early to mid- adulthood. It is more common in women than in men. Otosclerosis usually affects both ears.

Otosclerosis can lead to not only conductive hearing loss, but to nerve loss as well.

Risks include pregnancy (which may trigger onset) and a family history of hearing loss. Caucasians are more susceptible than others to otosclerosis.

Symptoms

  • Hearing loss
  • Slow hearing loss that continues to get worse
  • Hearing may be better in noisy environments than quiet areas.
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

A hearing test (audiometry /audiology) may determine the extent of hearing loss. Temporal-bone CT may be used to distinguish otosclerosis from other causes of hearing loss.

Treatment

Otosclerosis may slowly get worse. The condition may not require treatment until you having severe hearing problems.

Medications such as oral fluoride, calcium, or vitamin D may help to control the hearing loss, but the benefits have not yet been proved.

A hearing aid may be used to treat the hearing loss. This will not cure or prevent hearing loss from getting worse, but may help relieve some of the symptoms.

Surgery to remove part of the ear (stapes) and replace it with a prosthesis can cure the condition. A total replacement is called a stapedectomy. Sometimes a laser is used to make a hole in the stapes to allow placement of the prosthetic device. This is called a stapedotomy.

Outlook

Otosclerosis gets worse without treatment, but surgery may restore at least partial hearing. Most complications of surgery get better by themselves within a few weeks.

To reduce the risk of complications after surgery:

  • Do not blow your nose for 1 week after surgery.
  • Avoid people with respiratory or other infections.
  • Avoid bending, lifting, or straining, which may cause dizziness.
  • Avoid loud noises or sudden pressure changes such as scuba diving, flying, or driving in the mountains until healed.

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