Definition

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

See also:

  • Chronic ear infection
  • Otosclerosis
  • Middle ear malformations

Causes

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.

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