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This page aims to provide information about both hearing enhancing (reconstructive) ear operations and cleaning (cleaning) ear operations. Because these two types of ear operations are often performed in combination, everything is discussed on one page.

Sound consists of air vibrations. These vibrations occur via the ear canal on the eardrum. The eardrum and the ossicles strengthen and guide the vibrations to the cochlea. In the cochlea are the sensory (nerve) cells, which convert the vibrations into nerve stimuli. These nerve impulses are transmitted through the auditory nerve (12) to the brain, where they are translated into "hearing".

For the treatment photos are taken in your medical file. Thereafter, the surgeon will mark the area to be treated and then stun locally. With a flap ear correction an incision is made behind the ear in the crease between the earcup and your head. The surgeon then removes cartilage and / or skin to get the desired effect. With a pinnacle correction, no cartilage is removed, but the pinna is only fixed to get the desired shape. The treatment takes about one and a half hours.

Anesthesia
We perform an intervention on your ears under local anesthesia. For this you will receive injections with an anesthetic fluid in the area to be treated. Many people experience this as somewhat unpleasant. If you wish, the procedure can also be performed under anesthesia. However, this does involve extra costs.

We perform an intervention on your ears under local anesthesia. For this you will receive injections with an anesthetic fluid in the area to be treated. Many people experience this as somewhat unpleasant. If you wish, the procedure can also be performed under anesthesia. However, this does involve extra costs.

Napkin and recovery
The first week you wear a bandage or an elastic bandage day and night. You are allowed to take a shower, but the treated area must be well protected and must not be touched. The first check takes place after a week. The bandage is removed and the stitches are removed. You may then wash your hair again. You now only have to wear the elastic bandage overnight until four weeks after the procedure.

The first time you are not presentable. The treated area will be swollen and possibly show a bruise. The bruises pull away quite quickly, but the swelling takes a few weeks to pull away. Your ears will therefore be thicker than usual for some time. A slight painkiller such as paracetamol is sufficient for the discomfort after the treatment and any postponement. Most people go back to work after a week.

As with most surgical procedures, there is a risk of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic fluids, disinfectants or patches. Also, despite the fact that sterile work is being carried out, an infection can occur. The chance of this is small, namely 1-2%. Sometimes there is disturbed wound healing or a bleeding, but this does not have to have any negative consequences for the result.

Specific risks of ear correction are a long-term sensitivity of your ears in cold weather, the formation of hypertrophic (= strongly thickened) scars and asymmetry. Temporary swelling, bruising and redness of the scars.

Smoking increases the chance of an infection. We therefore strongly recommend that you stop three weeks before the procedure, and not to smoke three weeks after the procedure.

The final result of an ear correction can be assessed after one month. The result of an ear correction is permanent. You will return to the final inspection after three months. Photos will then be taken for your medical file.

   

 

 

 

 

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