Hope for Ossified Cochlea?
June 2, 2014 8:50 AM Subscribe
When my boyfriend was a child, the bones in his inner ear fused. They were removed and he now has a giant hole where his eardrum used to be. Is there anything that will restore hearing if the bones are gone?
posted by domo to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I keep seeing news items about new hearing aids and implants, but I don't know if they would even help him.
As a secondary question, are there improved technologies for sealing up the ear canal? The hole is rather large (he can stick his whole finger in it), and attempts to create an eardrum with a flap of transplanted skin failed. He currently cannot submerge his head in water because it will flood his sinuses and possibly cause infection.