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Fusion of the ear bones

Fusion of the ear bones is the joining of the bones of the inner ear. These are the incus, malleus, and stapes bones.

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Causes

Fusion may be caused by:

  • Birth (congenital) defect
  • Infection
  • Injury

Symptoms

Fusion of the bones leads to hearing loss, because the bones are not moving and vibrating in reaction to sound waves.

References

Torres AI, Backous DD. Clinical assessment and surgical treatment of conductive hearing loss. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al. eds.Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

House JW, Cunningham CD III. Otosclerosis. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al. eds.Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

O'Handley JG, Tobin EJ, Shah AR. Otorhinolaryngology. In: Rakel RE, ed.Textbook of Family Medicine

Update Date 8/4/2014

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