Surgical procedures for the ears help increase hearing abilities, repair sections that have been previously damaged, and fix any structural problems of the inner or outer ear. By repairing damaged areas of the ear and structural issues, the ear can function correctly — allowing you to hear better and decrease the rate of ear infections. At Texas ENT Specialists, our providers can evaluate your ears and symptoms, and we will recommend a surgical procedure to find relief for you.

Types of Ear Surgical Procedures

There are several surgical procedures available to help repair parts of the ears. These includes:

  • Myringoplasty: This procedure is performed to help patients who have a small hole or tear in their eardrum. This is often due to repeated ear infections or injuries. 
  • Tympanoplasty: This surgery helps stop ​middle ​​ear infections and repairs the eardrum.
  • Tympanoplasty with Ossicular Chain Reconstruction: In this procedure, the small bones that connect the eardrum to the inner ear are repaired or replaced with an implant. The eardrum is also repaired during the procedure, leading to an improvement in hearing. 
  • Tympanomastoidectomy: This procedure is used to reconstruct the eardrum and repair the mastoid bone to stop chronic ear infections.
  • Glomus Tumor Surgery This procedure removes a glomus tumor, a benign growth in the base of the skull. During this procedure, the tumor is removed through the middle ear or through an incision in the skull itself.
  • Acoustic Neuroma Surgery Acoustic neuroma surgery is performed to remove a tumor. During acoustic neuroma surgery, the tumor is removed through the inner ear or through a window created in the skull.
  • Ossicular Chain Reconstruction Ossicular chain reconstruction (middle ear bone surgery) is performed to improve conductive hearing. The eardrum and hearing bones in the middle ear are reconstructed and the mastoid bone is opened to prevent further infections.
  • Tympanomastoidectomy with Ossicular Chain Reconstruction: This procedure reconstructs the eardrum as well as the hearing bones in the middle ear. The mastoid bone is also opened to prevent further infections.
  • Stapedectomy: The stapes are one of the three tiny bones in the middle ear. A stapedectomy replaces the bone with a prosthetic to help improve hearing. 
  • Cochlear Implants: A cochlear implant is a device that uses electrical signals to stimulate the inner ear directly, improving the hearing function for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss on both sides or just one side.

There are also other surgical procedures available to help patients with their ear or hearing difficulties. At Texas ENT Specialists, our experts will help find the ideal procedure for you.

Conditions Treated Through Ear Surgery 

  • Hearing loss
  • Eardrum perforation 
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Structural damage to the inner or outer ear 
  • Infection of the middle ear
  • Injury or trauma to the ears

Benefits of Ear Surgeries

Ear surgery offers patients a more permanent solution to their ear issues. Surgical repair can also correct structural issues that can cause patients to have reduced ear functionality. For those with chronic ear infections, it can put an end to recurring symptoms and pain. It can also help increase the hearing ability of specific patients. 

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About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists is a multi-location ENT practice with locations across the Houston area. Our providers have extensive experience in surgical ear procedures and can help you regain hearing and more complete ear function. We offer our patients:

Personalized Treatment

Treatment that is designed to target your unique symptoms and the ways they impact your life.

Top-Rated Physician Network

We’ve built a network of skilled physicians who work together to provide you with the best patient outcomes.

Centers of Excellence

Our 15 locations are designed to be as convenient as possible for you.

Continuity of Care

We work with you every step of the way, from diagnosis to recovery and everything in between.

Who Is a Candidate for Ear Surgery?

Candidates will be determined by the provider depending on their symptoms. Most candidates have chronic ear infections, ear trauma, structural issues, or hearing loss.

Your Surgical Procedure

The exact steps of your procedure will vary depending on the type of surgery required. Most surgeries are completed within a few hours and allow the patient to return home for recovery.

The incisions are typically made behind the ear and leave no visible scarring. The recovery process can take anywhere from a few days to one to two weeks, depending on the surgery.

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Surgical Procedures FAQ's

What type of anesthesia is used?

This will depend on the specific surgery, but for most, general anesthesia is used.

Does surgery for hearing loss work on all patients with hearing loss?

No. Surgery for hearing loss works best for those who have structural issues with their ears that have caused the hearing loss. During your evaluation with us, we will discuss whether or not this surgery would benefit you.

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