When one of the bones (called ossicles) in your ear starts to fuse to with surrounding bone in your inner ear the condition is called otosclerosis.
There are three tiny ossicles in your ear, which move back and forth allowing sound waves to transmit to your inner ear.
Otosclerosis is most common in patients between 20 and 30 years of age. The exact cause is unknown, however it is thought that otosclerosis can be inherited - meaning your parents may have had the condition.
Symptoms of otosclerosis may include:
These symptoms are not necessarily due to otosclerosis. But you should see your GP for a full examination and diagnosis.
If your GP confirms any hearing loss they may refer you to a specialist consultant.