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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Fusion may be caused by:
- Birth (congenital) defect
Fusion of the bones leads to hearing loss, because the bones are not moving and vibrating in reaction to sound waves.
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Update Date 8/4/2014
Updated by: Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.