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Fusion of the ear bones

Definition

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

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Causes, incidence, and risk factors

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.

Signs and tests

Treatment

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

Torres AI, Backous DD. Clinical assessment and surgical treatment of conductive hearing loss. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 143.

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