Conductive hearing loss and absence of the acoustic reflex do seem to fit what the Audiologist and ENT described. It seemed like my ENT was trying to talk me out of surgery options, but I'm tired of not hearing people, and it's probably going to get worse.
Any help on what surgical procedures might be helpful?
Hi,, it sounds like you have Otosclerosis,, normal tympanogram with absent acoustic reflex is indicative of otosclerosis. With SCSD u would have a rupture in one of the semi circular canal,, and you would experience vertigo in the presence of louds sounds,, but u complain of no vertigo. Now being that you have a conductive hearing loss hearing aid will do the trick,, your auditory nerve is normal and your problem is in the middle ear,.. one of the bones is fixated and wont move so the sound has to be made louder just to get it thru to the inner ear,,,,and getting a hearing aid will also help with the tinnitus... Some of my older patients have been coming in who have had surgery for otosclerosis are getting hearing aids (but this is 30 years after surgery),, being that you have a mild hearing loss i dont think surgery is worth it at this time. having surgery does not gurantee that your hearing will go back up to normal.... hope this helps.. btw im an audiologist
Thank you. I am enjoying learning more about this stuff, tho it is a little frustrating at times. I appreciate any and all input.