Intratympanic Ear Injections
At Century ENT, we perform intratympanic injections where medication is administered into the middle ear. This common procedure can be used to address a variety of ear-related issues such as hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. Frequently, it is utilized in attempts to restore nerve hearing in patients who suffer from acute nerve hearing loss. It can also be beneficial for patients with Meniere’s disease by helping reduce the frequency of vertigo attacks.
Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
Ossicular chain reconstruction is a surgical procedure offered at Century ENT designed to address hearing loss resulting from trauma or chronic ear infections that disrupt the function of the middle ear hearing bones. Abnormalities or issues with these bones can lead to mechanical hearing loss. During surgery, prosthetic devices might be used to link the remaining middle ear bones or replace the missing ones, a process that can greatly enhance hearing.
Endolymphatic Sac Decompression Surgery
At Century ENT, we provide surgical solutions for the symptoms of Meniere’s disease such as vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus which arise from inner ear dysfunction. Endolymphatic sac decompression, an outpatient procedure, can be employed to remove the mastoid (ear bone) and ease pressure on the inner ear, leading to considerable relief from recurrent vertigo.
For severe cases of vertigo and dizziness unresponsive to conventional treatments, Century ENT offers labyrinthectomy, a procedure to remove the inner ear balance organ. In cases of refractory vertigo due to Meniere’s Disease, this can be a viable option. Post-procedure, the affected ear will no longer have hearing capabilities. Hence, this surgery is typically chosen only when there is already significant hearing loss.
Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Repair Surgery
At Century ENT, we deal with superior semicircular canal dehiscence, a condition where a hole or opening in the bone of the inner ear leads to symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, sound or pressure-induced vertigo, and hearing pulsations in the affected ear. If these symptoms become debilitating, we can perform surgery to patch and resurface the missing bone, offering symptomatic relief.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Repair
Trauma or other medical conditions may lead to a leak of cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain and spinal cord. If a leak occurs and drains into the middle ear space, it can cause hearing loss and/or drainage from the ear. This poses a risk of meningitis or other infections. At Century ENT, we can address this issue through a surgical procedure that reconstructs the floor of the skull, seals the leak, and alleviates symptoms. The goal of this operation is to halt the fluid flow and repair the leak.
Encephaloceles, herniations of brain tissue through a small opening in the skull, can occasionally extend into the middle ear space. This can lead to a cerebrospinal fluid leak, which in turn can cause hearing loss, drainage from the ear, and pose a risk for meningitis or other infections. Neurologic symptoms may also occur. At Century ENT, we collaborate with Neurosurgeons to repair this condition, removing the herniated brain from the middle ear space and reconstructing the opening in the skull-base floor.