Eardrum Perforations in Long Island, NY
The eardrum is a thin membrane that can be punctured or ruptured. Eardrum perforations require medical attention. If you live in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York, Eunice E. Park, MD, is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) specialist who offers diagnostic and treatment services for eardrum perforations.
What are Eardrum Perforations?
The eardrum is a thin membrane that sits between the ear canal and middle ear. The eardrum helps with your hearing by vibrating in response to sound waves that enter the ear. The vibrations cause tiny bones to move, which then helps the sound travel into the inner ear.
When the membrane is punctured or ruptured, the condition is known as a “perforated eardrum.” It may be caused by:
- Trauma to the ear
- Pushing a cotton swab or other object too far into the ear
- Fractures to the skull
- Sudden loud noises
- Disorders of the Eustachian tube
- Certain types of infections
Benefits of Treatment for Eardrum Perforations
A ruptured or punctured eardrum may cause:
- Changes in hearing, including hearing loss
- Feeling as if the ears are clogged
Treating the eardrum perforation helps protect your ears from complications, such as infection and having water enter the inner ear.
Am I a Candidate for Eardrum Perforations Treatment?
If your eardrum perforation is caused by an infection or injury, the hole may heal with medical intervention, but you should be evaluated by Dr. Park to determine the cause of your eardrum perforation. She may recommend a hearing test.
What to Expect from Eardrum Perforations Treatment
If Dr. Park determines that you have a small eardrum perforation, she may recommend that you wait to see if the perforation heals without treatment. Larger perforations or small perforations that cause symptoms may require a surgery to close the hole. The surgery, known as a “tympanoplasty,” involves placing a special patch on the eardrum to stimulate the generation of new membrane tissue. She will advise you about at-home care and ways to prevent eardrum perforations in the future.
How Much Does Treatment for Eardrum Perforations Cost in Long Island, NY?
Treatment for eardrum perforations may be covered by your medical insurance. After your appointment with Dr. Park, we review your coverage and provide an estimate of the out-of-pocket costs. This may vary based on the determination by your insurance carrier. We offer several convenient options for payment, including cash, checks and major credit cards.
Eardrum perforations may heal on their own, but only a qualified ENT specialists should make this determination. If you live in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York and have symptoms associated with eardrum perforations, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eunice E. Park.