Do you need surgery to correct an ear-related condition, deformity, disorder or injury? Then turn to the experienced team of surgeons at University of Missouri Health Care, who are highly trained in the latest techniques using the most advanced technology possible.
Ear surgeries at MU Health Care
We offer the following surgical procedures:
- Bone-anchored hearing aids. Also called Baha implants, these hearing aids are surgically implanted to allow sound to be conducted through the bone instead of the middle ear. They are designed for individuals with conductive or mixed loss, or for single-sided deafness. Services include a candidacy evaluation, programming of the processor and follow-up care.
- Canaloplasty of the ear. This procedure widens the external auditory canal to alleviate a blockage, hearing loss or infection.
- Cochlear implants. These devices can restore hearing in persons who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. Learn more about our cochlear implant program.
- Cosmetic surgery of the ear. Various elective procedures are used to adjust the shape or size of the ears.
- Meatoplasty of the ear. This procedure widens the opening in the ear canal (meatus) to make it easier for physicians to examine and clean the ear.
- Myringotomy tubes. Also known as “ear tubes,” these help drain fluid from the middle ear and prevent future buildup, which can lead to or stem from ear infections. This procedure is most commonly performed on children.
- Stapedectomy. This procedure removes and replaces one of the three middle ear bones, known as the stapes, and improves sound conduction in the ear.
- Tympanoplasty. This procedure repairs the eardrum and/or the small bones of the middle ear.
Reasons for ear surgery
There are multiple reasons you may need ear surgery. Some of the most common conditions and injuries include:
- Cosmetic adjustments
- Damage to one of the small bones in the ear
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Ear blockage
- Ear infection (including chronic childhood ear infections)
- Eardrum rupture or damage
- Fluid buildup in the ear
- Hearing aid implantation
- Hearing loss
- Narrowing or swelling of the ear canal
- Serious trauma or injury to the ear
- Tumor or cyst
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these conditions that may require surgery.