One reader has this condition, and wonders what his options are as surgery is not safe. One sufferer had an operation after he was told there was a small chance that it would not be successful. The operation failed - for no apparent reason, according to the surgeon - but another consultant later told him that the operation fails in 75 per cent of cases. Now he has a state-of-the-art hearing aid, which sits in the ear canal. Despite the high level of failure, our correspondent said he would have the operation again as he's come across a few people who have benefited from it. A homeopath says that homeopathy has a treatment for bone growth. It's a constitutional problem that requires one-to-one consultation.