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Operations for Deafness
Surgery can help many patients with deafness.

Most operations are performed on people with a conductive hearing loss to repair, rebuild or correct a problem with the ear canal, ear drum, middle ear or hearing bones.

For people with a sensorineural hearing loss surgery can not restore the hearing but there are implantable hearing devices which can help the hearing such as: bone anchored hearing aids(BAHA), middle ear implants, cochlear implants and brain stem implants.

Below I will discuss the main operations to help hearing:

Grommets.

A grommet is a tiny hollow tube which is placed into the ear drum to treat a condition called Glue Ear. Grommet insertion is one of the commonest operations performed in the UK and can be very effective in improving hearing……

Myringoplasty

This is an operation to close a hole in the ear drum. Closing the hole in an ear drum will help the hearing in about 65% of people. This is because the hole itself is not always the cause of the hearing loss…………

Stapedectomy

A stapedectomy is an operation to treat the effects of a disease called 'otosclerosis'. In this condition the stapes bone, which is the smallest of the three hearing bones, becomes stiff and does not move freely…………

Ossiculoplasty.

There are 3 small hearing bones in the ear known as the 'ossicles'. The hearing bones join the ear drum to the inner ear. The hearing bones can be damaged in a variety of ways……………..

Bone conduction hearing implants

These are implants which rely on the phenomenon of bone conduction to transmit sound waves to the inner ear. I will discuss the following devices:

The Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
The Sophono
The Soundbite

Middle Ear Implants.

These devices are an alternative to a hearing aid. They are suitable for people who can or would get benefit from a hearing aid but are unable or unwilling to use one for a variety of reasons. I will discuss :

The Vibrant Soundbridge
The Otologics Carina

Cochlear Implants.

Cochlear implants are for people whose hearing is so bad that they can not use a hearing aid, in other words the hearing aid is not powerful enough to help them. A cochlear implant goes inside the cochlea and directly stimulates the hearing nerve…………..