[via:www.hear-it.org] The discovery of a new gene may have brought scientists one step closer to finding a treatment for Otosclerosis
Scientists at the Ear Institute at University College London in the UK have found that Otosclerosis can be caused by a fault in the SERPINF1 gene. Otosclerosis is a hereditary condition in the middle ear affecting 1 in 200 people resulting in conductive hearing loss.
Otosclerosis is caused by abnormal bone growth in the middle ear, which will prevent the stapes in the middle ear from vibrating normally in response to sound. Symptoms may appear in the form of dizziness, balance problems (vertigo), hearing loss and tinnitus. Otosclerosis is often inherited.
If left untreated, hearing loss typically worsens progressively. People with Otosclerosis often start to lose their hearing in their twenties or thirties until late middle age when complete deafness occurs.Read more