Deafness/Hearing Impairment/otosclerosis

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Hello I am. 26 Female.

I am typing on my phone please excuse typos. No internet access.

I am worried I will develop otosclerosis. Many relatives on my dad side has this disease. Including dad, paternal grandfather, 3 aunts, 3 cousins.

I would like to know how I can have this diagnosed or treated and when I should do this. One cousin developed this problem as a teenager (she isi i33 now)

I have trouble hearing low tone noises. Such as a man with a deep voice speaking quietly. Or quiet bass instruments in music. I also have symptoms of vertigo that doctors dismiss as medication side effects.

please some advice thank you

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Dear Kayla,

Otosclerosis usually begins with a low frequency hearing loss as you describe.  This occurs because the tiny middle ear bones become stiff-- which depresses hearing in the low tones, e.g. a man with a deep voice or a quiet bass instrument as you yourself indicated.  However, the vertigo you are experiencing
suggests  the possibilty of another disorder which also depresses the lower frequencies and is accompanied by periods of vertigo. This is a disorder of the balance mechanism. The diagnosis is easy once certain basic tests are done. However, with  your family history of otosclerosis, otosclerosis is likey to be the diagnosis.

My advice is to see an audiologist, who will do the tests.  This will tell you whether you have the beginnings of otosclerosis.  I would then take the tests to an ENT to see what the next step should be.

If indeed it is otosclerosis, there are treatment options, but these will require an ENT visit.
I wish you the best, please let me know the outcome of your visits.


Sincerely,
Levi A. Reiter, Ph.D.

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I am a full Professor of Audiology at Hofstra University and also in private practice. I can answer questions regarding hearing loss, auditory diagnoses, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, deafness

Experience

I have been teaching audiology at Hofstra University for 33 years. I have been in private practice for 31 years. I do hearing assessments, auditory diagnostic tests which are physiological, e.g., ABR, OAEs, etc. I also have over 30 years experience in fitting, and dispensing hearing aids.

Organizations
ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Associaton AAA (American Academy of Audiology)

Publications
My articles have appeared in: Journal of Auditory Research J of Speech and Hearing Disorders J of Speech and Hearing Research The Hearing Journal J of the American Tinnitus Association The ASHA Leader Plus.......

Education/Credentials
I have a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and two post-doctoral fellowships from NIH and NICHD. I am Board Certified by the American Academy of Audiology, and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. I also have numerous professional publications in the field of Audiology.

Awards and Honors
Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Sciencess Fellowship from the National Institute of Child Development Scholarships from the U of Rochester, Connecticut College Faculty Development grants from Hofstra U. The Scholars Award from the American Academy of Audiology The ACE award from the American Speech & Hearing Association

Past/Present Clients
Not sure what this means. I see clients of all ages and from all parts of the world.

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