Ear Care Services Provided by Gateway ENT in St. Louis, MO
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Ears - Frequently Asked Questions
Pressure Equalization Tubes or ear tubes as they are commonly known allow drainage of any fluid that may build up behind the ear drum and equalize the pressure. The placement of ear tubes is done by making a small incision in the ear drum and then placing a special tube through the incision. The procedure is either performed in the clinic or the operating room. Children most commonly need ear tubes, but teens and adults can sometimes benefit from their use as well. Ignoring the conditions that require ear tubes can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, poor school and work performance, or changes in the structure of the ear drum.
Buildup of ear wax can cause decreased hearing as well as discomfort. Patients with this buildup often seek relief from what they describe as a feeling of fullness in the ear. Removal of ear wax is a procedure performed in the clinic using a microscope, special ear instruments, and micro-suctions to remove excessive ear wax. The procedure is well tolerated and performed on the same day as your clinic visit. The safest place to get relief from ear wax build up is an Ear, Nose and Throat physician practice.
A Tympanoplasty is performed to fix a hole in the ear drum or to restore hearing loss. A Tympanoplasty is an outpatient surgery which is performed using a microscope to rebuild the eardrum. Recovery is usually a few days to a week.