Surgical restoration of hearing loss

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:46 pm
Modern surgical techniques have come a long way in recent years. Fiber optics allow ear surgeons to perform delicate operations that would have been unheard of just decades ago. One of the most common procedures is known as myringotomy (MERE-IN-JOT-OH-ME), an operation that involves making a small hole in the eardrum and passing a tube through to drain excess fluid from the middle ear. It's particularly useful in treating children with ear infections. While many hearing disorders can be treated with antibiotics or other drugs, surgery may still be necessary in extreme cases. Most ear surgery is now considered to be both simple and safe. See an ear, nose and throat specialist when you detect the first sign of hearing loss, dizzy spells or other symptoms of ear ailments. If surgery is necessary, the doctor will explain the procedure.

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