Ear Surgery May Be The Best Treatment

At times, it’s necessary to perform ear surgery when medications or other treatment methods are less effective.  Ear surgeons at the Hearing & Balance Institute will discuss with you the type of ear surgery and what to expect after the surgery.  Our experienced surgeons use the latest technology in performing minimally invasive surgical procedures.

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Below are the most common procedures performed by our surgeons:

Ear Tubes
Ear tubes (also referred to as myringotomy, tympanostomy, or PE tubes) are placed through the ear drum to allow air into the middle ear and to allow fluid to drain.  This simple procedure is among the most performed surgeries by our doctors and is 97% effective at eliminating future ear infections. Read More

Tympanoplasty is a surgical procedure to repair a damaged eardrum.  A tympanoplasty may be performed in conjunction with a mastoidectomy or ossicular chain reconstruction.

Mastoid surgery, known as a mastoidectomy, is the surgical removal of an infected portion of the mastoid bone, which is the prominent bone behind the ear.

Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
Ossicular chain reconstruction is the surgical repair of the hearing bones, or ossicles, which are behind the eardrum.  The non-functioning ossicles are removed and replaced with a prosthetic device.

A stapedectomy is a surgical procedure that corrects otosclerosis.  This surgery involves removing the immobilized stapes bone and replacing it with a prosthetic device.  The prosthetic device allows the bones of the middle ear to resume proper movement and thus improve or restore hearing. Read More

Cochlear Implant(s)
For individuals with severe to profound hearing loss, an electronic device is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear.  The surgery for Cochlear Implants takes 1-2 hours, and patients generally go home the same day as the surgery. Read More

Bone Anchored Hearing Systems
Another type of a surgically implanted hearing device is a Bone Anchored Hearing System, which improves hearing through bone conduction.  A small titanium device is surgically implanted in the bone behind the ear.  A sound processor then attaches to this device.  Examples of these systems include Oticon Ponto and Cochlear Baha

Reconstructive Ear Surgery
Ear plastic surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. Otoplasty can correct defects or deformities in the ear structure that were present at birth, became apparent with development, or resulted from injury.  Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem. Read More

Dr. Darley performs ear surgery during a humanitarian trip in El Salvador.

Dr. Darley performs ear surgery during a humanitarian trip in El Salvador.