Hi, I am suffering from hearing loss for the past one month. Our family has a hereditary disease known as Otosclerosis. My father was suffering from hearing loss due to this. Before three years, my sister was also diagnosed with the same problem. I am in doubt whether I too have the same problem. This is a condition in which a bony growth forms around a small bone in the middle ear and preventing it from vibrating when stimulated by sound. My sister had undergone surgery for this. The stapes bone in the inner ear is replaced with a prosthesis. I am really worried about my condition and scared to undergo any surgical treatment. But I want to confirm whether this is otosclerosis or not. I am planning to consult an audiology specialist in Toronto where my sister had undergone her treatment. Before undergoing the treatment, I would like to know about hearing aids. Because the other solution for this condition is to get a hearing aid. During my sister's treatment, the doctor told about hearing aids but she was comfortable with the surgical procedures. Which hearing aid is durable and comfortable? Is this hearing aids water resistant? If anybody knows about this, please help me with your replies.