Fusion of the ear bones
Fusion of the ear bones is the joining of the bones of the inner ear -- the incus, malleus, and stapes bones.
Causes of Fusion of the ear bones
Fusion may be caused by:
- Birth (congenital) defect
Fusion of the ear bones Symptoms
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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|Review Date: 8/30/2012
Reviewed By: Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.