Hearing restoration surgery refers to a surgical procedure, aimed to restore any hearing loss due to damage or aging of the eardrum. A tympanoplasty is a surgical procedure that repairs the eardrum (tympanic membrane) to help restore normal hearing. Depending on severity, this procedure may also require a ossiculoplasty—the reconstruction of the small bones behind the eardrum, if needed.
This surgery is an outpatient procedure, and can be performed under a local anesthetic. After sedation, Dr. Nazarian will make a small incision in the inner ear canal. He will then insert an endoscope through the incision to identify the eardrum.
Dr. Nazarian will then lift and remove the damaged eardrum and graft the new eardrum into place, using the patient’s own tissue—typically their cartilage. The entire procedure usually takes around one hour. After it is completed, the incision will be closed with surgical adhesive. Dr. Nazarian pack the ear with ointment and gelatin foaming pack to absorb any bleeding and block any bacteria from coming in.