Complicated Ear Disorder Treatment
When you visit Texas ENT Specialists, our first step will be an evaluation of your ear condition. To ensure we understand the root cause of your symptoms, we will examine your ears and discuss your medical history and symptoms. We may perform some tests as well. Once all of this has been completed, we will discuss a treatment plan with you. Some of the most common treatments include:
Ear tubes can be used to help drain excess fluid from the ears. The procedure can be performed in our office in just 15-20 minutes using a local anesthetic. During the procedure, tubes are surgically placed in the eardrums. This creates an opening for air to pass through and fluid to drain.
The eardrums can be ruptured due to loud blasts of noise, head trauma, or chronic ear infections. When the eardrum ruptures, it creates a hole or a tear which can lead to symptoms such as nausea, pain, and hearing loss. A surgeon can use a small graft from another area of the ear to repair these holes and tears.
Chronic Ear Infection Surgery
For those with chronic ear infections, surgery can be performed to help stop the infections from returning. These surgeries can repair the ear bone, correct areas that have been damaged, and repair the eardrum, depending on your needs.
When a perforated eardrum does not heal on its own, a surgery is required to repair the damage. A ruptured eardrum is treated with a surgery called tympanoplasty. During this procedure, a graft prepared from a tiny patch of your own tissue is used to close the hole in the eardrum.
Reconstruction of Middle Ear Bones
Also called ossicular chain reconstruction, middle ear surgery is performed to reconstruct the middle ear bones after they have been damaged to improve conductive hearing. The eardrum and hearing bones in the middle ear are reconstructed. In some cases, all three middle ear bones are replaced.
Tumors of the Ear
Glomus tumors or acoustic neuromas are benign tumors that can negatively affect balance and hearing, These types of tumors are often removed with a surgical procedure. During the procedure, the tumor is removed through the middle ear or an incision in the skull.