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How is a perforated eardrum treated?

Eric E. Smouha, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Eardrum perforations and retractions may result in hearing loss and drainage from the ears. These problems are usually treated with tympanoplasty surgery - a procedure in which, and the small hearing bones are repaired. Surgery of this type is commonly performed on an outpatient basis, and in experienced hands, the success rate is quite high.

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