We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Stapedectomy?

Tricia Christensen
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A stapedectomy is a surgery performed on the ear when certain conditions are present that cause hearing loss. It is principally used if a person has a dysfunction of the stapes bone, one of three bones in the middle ear that helps to conduct sound. Sometimes a condition called otosclerosis can cause abnormal growth in the stapes, which affects its ability to vibrate and damages hearing. When this condition occurs, but all other hearing systems are unaffected, stapedectomy might be considered as a means to improve hearing.

Stapedectomy is not a new surgery and has been executed successfully since the 1950s. As stated, it will not cure all types of hearing and can only address problems occurring with the stapes bone. It does so by removing the bone, or a portion of it. This vital hearing component is replaced by a tiny prosthetic device, which will perform the necessary vibration.

People undergoing stapedectomy may experience some variety in how the procedure is performed. Some surgeons prefer to do this surgery while a patient is semi-conscious or under conscious sedation. It is typically more common for patients to have this surgery done under general anesthesia, but each surgeon may make this decision individually depending on the health or a person and any other conditions that might be present. The ear surgery may be an inpatient or outpatient procedure, depending on doctor preference and patient response to anesthesia. Usually patients go home within a couple of days of the procedure, but will need follow-up to assess hearing changes.

Success rate of stapedectomy is fairly high, with approximately 90% of patients experiencing recovery of hearing to a significant extent. Some patients may not do quite as well, and only get partial hearing recovery. Small percentages, usually about 1-2%, of people who get this surgery actually end up with worsened hearing. This statistical information is an average of people who have this surgery, and while valuable, it cannot be used to predict individual response to the surgery.

There are some potential complications of stapedectomy. In rare instances people may develop labyrinthitis or chronic dizziness that occurs due to the ears. Other extremely rare complications include partial paralysis of the face or persistent ringing in the ears. More common is a slight change in taste sensation, and some people might note a metallic taste in the mouth. This side effect may gradually cease, though some patients continue to have problems with it.

There is one alternative to stapedectomy. A hearing aid may help restore some hearing in the ear/ears to those with otosclerosis. However, stapedectomy is often preferred because it may permanently restore some hearing.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a The Health Board contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
By anon188998 — On Jun 22, 2011

I feel some problem in my hearing. I'm hearing little bits of sound. I don't know, what is the problem in my ear? Anyone please give any suggestions to me. Is there any prevention procedure like stapedectomy? Now I know a little bit about stapedectomy. I've read articles online.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a The Health Board contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.