Sure, if you feel uncertain, a second opinion is warranted. Your concerns are valid, but your doctor probably is basing the recommendation on what the MD thinks is in your best interest given the MD's experience with other patients with this condition... and while nothing is certain, the MD may be making the best call in your case. Both courses of treatment are costly but surgery is moreso. Of greater concern: there are always risks of side effects and a negative outcome with surgery. For those reasons, otosclerosis is commonly treated with hearing aids rather than surgery early on, but the disorder tends to progress and often eventually requires stapedectomy surgery, as you know. But not everybody lives long enough and sees enough progression in that time to need it, so the more conservative course for currently mild cases is hearing aids + await developments.
Only an MD who has examined you and knows your medical history is qualified to offer medical advice specific to your case.
Last edited by hamjor; 03-03-2011 at 01:43 PM.
L: 90% at 55 dB
R: 95% at 55 dB