I am a 59 year old male who has had ear aches and some hearing loss as a child. Over the years the loss has gotten worst to the point the there is almost a 100% loss in the right ear. While some of the loss is nerve damage, the bulk of the loss is conductive. Over the last 20 years I have had three tubes inserted into my right ear and one in my left ear. The first time I had the tubes inserted my hearing improved considerably. The second and third times the improvement was progressively less, both in volume and in the length of time before the hearing regressed.
I have recently seen a specialist at John Hopkins in Baltimore and he has recommended a Tympanoplasty With Mastoidectomy for my right ear with a possible Ossiculoplasty if needed.
My concern is that most of what I read states that Tympanoplasty is done for folks with eardrum perforations and infections. I understand that my eardrum is severely scared but not perforated. The sole reason for me having this surgery is to improve my hearing. I currently have no pain or other issues with my ears.
In your opinion is this procedure excessive for what I want to achieve? My procedure is scheduled for March 20, 2008.