Ear & Hearing

About Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media

When infection in the middle ear persists for a longer time, a perforation (hole) of the eardrum may develop. Patients may experience discharge from the ear and impairment of hearing. Initial treatment is aimed at treating the infection. If the perforation does not heal, patients are prone to recurrent ear infections with ear discharge and may benefit from surgery to repair the ear drum (myringoplasty). While hearing can improve after myringoplasty, this is not always the case because other reasons for hearing loss may co-exist. For example, there may be disruption or scarring of the ossicles (a series of 3 tiny bones in the middle ear that transmit sound from the ear drum to the inner ear). Therefore, each patient needs to be assessed individually to determine the best treatment plan for him or her.