Fusion of the ear bones
Fusion of the ear bones is an abnormal joining of the three bones of the middle ear. These are the incus, malleus, and stapes bones. Fusion or fixation of the bones leads to hearing loss, because the bones are not moving and vibrating in reaction to sound waves.
Related topics include:
- Chronic ear infection
- Middle ear malformations
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Last reviewed on: 5/30/2022
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