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      Damaged ossicles

      If the tiny ear bones called ossicles in your inner ear are damaged or misshapen, this can cause hearing loss.

      Serious infections and head injuries can damage the ossicles (tiny bones) in the inner ear that pass sound waves from the eardrum to the inner ear, causing hearing loss. Occasionally, babies are born with misshapen ossicles.

      What treatment is available?

      Damaged ossicles can be repaired or replaced with artificial bone. How much your hearing will improve after surgery depends on how severe the damage has been to the ossicles and middle ear, and what type of artificial bone is needed to repair the damage.

      Diagram of the ear

      Our ears are our organs of hearing and balance. They have three parts: the outer, middle and inner ear.

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