Tympanoplasty is an operation done to repair a hole in the eardrum or middle ear with or without a tympanic membrane graft. The tissue graft is taken from behind the patient's ear, or a synthetic material graft may also be used. It can be done either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. It takes at least 2 to 3 months for the patient to recover.

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What is the effect of tympanotomy and tympanoplasty in hearing loss?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has more than 70% hearing loss in the left ear. The doctor has recommended tympanotomy or tympanoplasty. Is it effective? My mother is 55 years old. Would she get any benefit from this surgery? Is there any complication associated with it? Is there any non-surgical procedure ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would recommend you to undergo a test called tympanometry in which we will come to know if there is any collection of fluid in the middle ear or if there is any damage to the bone of the middle ear. Also, let me know what kind of hearing loss she has. Is it conductive...  Read Full »

I hit the newly placed eardrum with the nails after tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy. Do I need another surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I had tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy surgery on a few years back. I had a deep attic pocket and an ear infection, due to which I was told to have surgery. I visited my doctor last week, and he declared me fit and allowed me to swim and bathe with cotton on. But I had some discharge the...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Since you had an attic retraction pocket, they must have done a modified radical mastoidectomy with an open cavity technique. Discharge is one of the frequent problems of a mastoid cavity. Does your doctor plan to do a second look surgery? Can...  Read Full »

How to treat my respiratory tract infection presenting with an ear infection and perforated eardrum?

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with ear infection and a perforated eardrum. Initially, I was diagnosed with a viral respiratory infection and followed by ear infection in a two days. I have been taking antibiotics for three days now. I have a lot of fluid continuing to seep from my ear. How lon...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears with your history that you are suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection that has complicated into an ear infection. Usually, once the antibiotic course starts, the problem should resolve within three to four days and completely by five to seven...  Read Full »

Can I get an ear infection after undergoing a tympanoplasty and a mastoidectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having dizziness and fainting-like sensations along with intense itching in both the ears. I had my husband help me take photos with our otoscope I purchased online. The pictures with redness on them are my right ear, and the pictures without the redness and the yellow tube are my...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are likely to have an acute labyrinthitis with acute inflammation of your right ear. If you had such attacks previously, then an examination and investigations of your concerned ear is a must to finalize the diagnosis for a proper...  Read Full »

I suffer from unbearable ear pain after using an ear scoop. How to reduce pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 18 years old. Last night I used an ear scoop and scratched the inside of my ear too hard. I saw a little blood. It was a little sore, but now 24 hours later there is an¬†unbearable pain in that ear. I could not sleep. I cannot access to the hospital until late tomorrow. Can I do anyth...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Do not put anything inside the ear including ear drops and water should not go in while bathing.Next, do you have Paracetamol at home? It is otherwise known as Acetaminophen and Tylenol. You may take that according to your weight.Say your weight is 50 kg then you may take a...  Read Full »

I have constant ear discharge after an eardrum surgery. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an eardrum perforation since childhood. I had tympanoplasty done last year but, that failed. Now, the ear keeps discharging all the time. I completed a course of Ciprofloxacin and Dexatops ear drops but after a week, the discharge is back. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A recurrent ear discharge after a failed tympanoplasty needs to be evaluated completely. The causes can be a reservoir of infection in your mastoid bone, resistant organism, Eustachian tube dysfunction, etc.The permanent treatment is a revision tympanoplasty usually do...  Read Full »

What foods to avoid during ear problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21-year-old. I have had a problem with pus discharge from my right ear right from childhood. I have been told that there is a perforation, and it needs to be closed by surgery. Recently, I had severe pain as well, along with the pus. The usage of buds to clean was the reason for t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The perforation has to be closed using tympanoplasty surgery. Otherwise, the perforation may become unsafe with loss of ossicles, and more complex surgeries may be required for its correction. Chances are there for the development of cholesteatoma, which can invade an...  Read Full »

I have had a longstanding ear infection that itches and causes a yellowish discharge. Should I be worried about it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an ear problem since when I was a kid. My mother and I went to the doctor to get consulted. They just prescribed medicine to heal my infection. But it never did heal. I was too shy to tell my parents before, and they never asked me if I was fine. I did not know why I never m...  Read Full »

Dr. Bindia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tympanoplasty (a microsurgery done to fix holes in the eardrum that do not heal on their own) is required if there is perforation. Thank you.   Read Full »

My hearing has been worse since my middle ear surgery a year back. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had middle ear surgery about a year ago. It was a revision stapedectomy, replacing the prosthesis. Earlier that year, I had tympanoplasty in the same ear. My hearing has been worse since the last surgery. I had a feeling that it would get worse, and a full hearing test recently confi...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. From what I understand, you have a tympanoplasty, following which you underwent a stapedectomy surgery, from which the hearing has deteriorated even further. In my opinion, the final verdict of the hearing is co...  Read Full »

What is conductive hearing loss and how can it be corrected?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 48-year-old female, and I have moderate to severe mixed hearing loss in both my ears. However, I recently went to a different doctor who informed me that my hearing loss was mainly conductive and that too in my left ear. I also have a hole in my left eardrum, as well as severe tin...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you share your pure tone audiogram? Bilateral symmetrical mixed hearing loss is often a feature of otosclerosis. One way that can be of help to determine whether you have otosclerosis is tympanometry. Since you already have perforation, tympanoplasty with a direct e...  Read Full »

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