Recent inventions of extremely small and high quality scopes made it possible to inspect the middle ear space by introducing the scope through a small incision in the eardrum. This procedure is performed under topical anesthesia and lasts only a few minutes. It can be performed in the office or the operating room. The patient can resume normal activities immediately after the end of the operation. However, water in the ear should be avoided for a few days. This technology will reduce the number of surgical middle ear explorations, which are usually performed under general anesthesia and in the operating room.
Indications of middle ear endoscopic inspection are limited, however, it can give very valuable information in diagnosing round or oval window fistulae (rupture of the membranes), the condition and integrity of the middle ear bones in cases of conductive hearing loss, the existence of recurrent cysts in the middle ear and the attic, and other middle ear pathology.
This technology is now available at the Huntington Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, P.L.L.C. by Joseph B. Touma, M.D. (Ear and Balance Specialist).
For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact River Cities Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, P.L.L.C. at (304) 522-8800 or (800) 955-3277.
Joseph B. Touma, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Touma Ear and Balance Center
1616 13th Avenue, Suite 100
Huntington, WV 25701
304.522.8800 or 800.955.3277