Can I have the operation done on both ears?
It is quite common for otosclerosis to affect both ears, but usually the hearing in one ear is worse than the other. It is customary to operate on the worse hearing ear first. Surgery on the second ear should not be considered until a stable result has been achieved on the first side. Some surgeons would never consider operating on both ears and the reason for this is the very small but always present risk of hearing loss developing in any ear that has undergone stapedectomy. However increasingly people are having bilateral surgery but this should always done with the patient fully aware of the risks.