Three small bones connect the eardrum to the inner ear. Hearing loss occurs if there is a problem with these bones and/or the ear drum.
In most cases, an implant can reconnect the bones and improve hearing (ossicular chain reconstruction). The eardrum is usually reconstructed at the same time (tympanoplasty). The procedure is performed by making small incisions in the ear canal or just behind the ear. It leaves no visible scars.
Surgery takes approximately one hour, with most patients ready to leave 3 hours after arrival. You should experience only minor discomfort (Pain Score: 1/10 for the first 2 days), which resolves quickly.
Patients will be able to resume normal activities after 1 day. There are no other restrictions. Any sutures used are absorbable and do not need removal.
Out of town patients are cleared for travel the next day. Follow-up with an ENT specialist is necessary 6 to 9 weeks after surgery with a hearing test.
Call Northwest ENT Surgery Center at (678) 483-8833 to schedule your appointment today.