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Hearing and Balance

Inflammatory Causes of Hearing Loss

Steroid drugs can relieve symptoms of inflammation. If a bacterial infection is found to be the cause, treatment also calls for the use of antibiotics. Depending on the type of underlying autoimmune disease involved, anti-inflammatory medications, steroids or other methods may be used in treatment. Hospitalization may be required and, in some cases, the use ... Read More »

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Cochlear Implantation for Sensorineural Hearing Loss

People of all ages with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss are considered for cochlear implantation. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is implanted behind the ear under the skin. An electrode is inserted into the inner ear, and restores hearing in patients who have severe to profound hearing loss. A cochlear implant ... Read More »

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Ossiculoplasty for Ossicular Chain Discontinuity

Ossicular chain discontinuity, or separation of the middle ear bones, most commonly happens when chronic ear infections dissolve the delicate middle ear bones. A hearing aid is almost always helpful and no further treatment is needed. However, in many cases surgery is also an option. In an operation called an ossicular chain reconstruction, or ossiculoplasty, ... Read More »

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Stapedotomy or Stapedectomy for Otosclerosis

A hearing aid is almost always helpful and no further treatment is needed. However, in many cases, surgery is also an option. In an operation called a stapedotomy, the surgeon bypasses the diseased bone with a prosthetic device that allows sound waves to be passed to the inner ear. For otosclerosis, there is about a ... Read More »

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Barotrauma (Ear Pressure With Flying or Driving) Treatment

In many cases, decongestant nasal sprays or tablets may relieve symptoms. Occasionally, myringotomy may be necessary if there is bleeding behind the eardrum. If a perforation occurs, surgical repair with a tympanoplasty may occasionally be required, but this is uncommon. It usually heals spontaneously.

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Tympanoplasty for a Perforated Eardrum

A perforated eardrum means there is a hole in the membrane that separates the outer and inner ear. If the perforation is small, it may heal on its own in several weeks. Larger holes may require surgical repair, called a tympanoplasty. In both cases, hearing usually returns. The rate of successful repair of a hole ... Read More »

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Acute Otitis Media (Middle-Ear Infection)

Prompt resolution of pain occurs in almost all cases once antibiotic treatment has begun. Fever (if present) should resolve in 48 hours. Restoration of hearing results from drainage or reabsorption of middle-ear fluid, healing and when the eardrum returns to its normal shape and position. A hearing test is often advised to assess the slight ... Read More »

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Repair of Congenital Aural Atresia or Ear Canal Exostoses

This is an outpatient surgery that takes about 2-3 hours to perform. Some times a skin graft from the hip region is needed to line the ear canal. Post-operative hearing results for patients with atresia are good, although full hearing generally does not return. But many patients can hear on the telephone and notice a ... Read More »

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Keck Medicine of USC
Keck Medicine of USC
Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area.