Experienced Ear Specialists in Colorado
Ear Issues & Problems | Broomfield • Golden • Brighton • Denver Colorado
In order to understand ear conditions, it is important to learn about the ear. The ear is made up of four parts: 1) the outer ear or pinna, 2) the external ear canal, 3) the middle ear, and 4) the inner ear. Each of these areas is susceptible to infections or injury. Infections of the ear canal are commonly known as “swimmer’s ear” infections. Young children have a greater tendency to get middle ear infections (otitis media). Both ear canal and middle ear infections are very painful and often require medical and sometimes surgical treatment. A good ear examination is necessary to determine the source of the problem and how to treat it.
Some of the disorders we treat include:
Our Ear Specialists Department
Treatment Options for Otosclerosis include Hearing Aids and Surgery.
What happens during surgery?
Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the size and shape of the ear canal, surgery can often be performed with a single small incision hidden inside the ear canal. Occasionally though, a small extension of the incision out of the ear canal and into the crease in front of your ear may be needed. The eardrum is lifted up to access the middle ear. A small portion of the innermost ear canal bone is removed to access the stapes and oval window. The stapes is separated from its attachment to the incus. A laser is then used to divide a tendon attached to the stapes, as well as the portions of the stapes connected to the footplate (part that is within the oval window). The stapes is removed with the exception of the footplate, which is left in place. A laser and very tiny drill is used to create a precise hole in the footplate into the inner ear. A prosthesis called a stapes piston is then positioned between the incus (hearing bone that was connected to the stapes) and the hole (stapedotomy), thus restoring the connection between the mobile hearing bones and the inner ear. The eardrum is then repositioned and secured in place with some tiny pieces of absorbable packing sponge.