Dr. Chad Ruffin

ENT Doc and CI Surgeon

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What is Otosclerosis?

Condition where sound is blocked from reaching the inner ear. The last middle ear bone, the stapes or “stirrup,” becomes fixed. Because it is fixed, sound energy from the vibrating eardrum cannot be transferred to the inner ear. This results in a conductive hearing loss which can be treated with hearing aids or surgery.

Outlined arrow points to plaque of otosclerosis on the hearing portion of the inner ear, the cochlea. Small arrow points to the oval window and stapes (not well visualized in this example). Case courtesy of A.Prof Frank Gaillard, Radiopedia

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Dr. Ruffin was the first person in over 10 years to actually take the time to really listen to me. He took the time to figure out what’s actually going on without chalking it up to something simple and sending me on my way.

Liz H.

I really appreciated Chad's honesty with options, having surgery being a last result and most of all explaining everything in layman's terms. I couldn't be happier with my experience and really appreciate him getting to the bottom of my ear issue and making it feel better than it ever has!

Mathew M.

Dr. Ruffin was incredibly knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate. He took the time to fully understand the issues and was able to provide immediate relief. Nothing short of a miracle here. Furthermore, the entire team was very kind and professional. One of the best medical experiences I have had!

Brian F.