Transtympanic Infusion: What to Expect
One treatment option for patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss is to receive a series of transtympanic infusions. A transtympanic infusion is a high dose of liquid steiroid delivered directly into the inner ear drum in order to reduce inflammation.
Many patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss wonder: What is the transtympanic infusion procedure like? Below is a step-by-step guide of what to expect when you come into the office:
1. The procedure is performed with you lying down and a small amount of numbing medication is put on your eardrum.
Phenol is applied to numb the eardrum prior to receiving the first infusion.
2. A small hole is made in your ear drum.
This small hole allows the steroid to reach the middle ear. After the procedure, patients should put a cotton ball with vaseline in their ear while showering to avoid an infection.
3. You receive the first infusion.
Stereoid medication is infused directly behind your ear drum using a tiny needle. After the first infusion, you remain lying down for 10 minutes to allow the medication to be fully absorbed into your ear.
As a side effect of the infusion, a bitter taste and mild dizziness may occur for a short period.
4. After ten minutes, you receive the second infusion.
A second dose of the medication is infused into your inner ear and you remain lying down for another 10 minutes.
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