The ear; is a sensory organ consisting of three parts: outer, middle, and inner. Middle ear; includes ear ossicles and eardrums. Any disease that affects the eardrum or bony membranes, or the way it transmits to prevent sound from reaching the inner ear from the outer ear, leads to hearing loss. This type of disease can be in a different frame, from a hole in the eardrum to the injury of one or more of the eardrums, to the bone chain’s deterioration.

  • Inflammation of the middle ear can be poured out by drilling a hole in the eardrum.
  • This hole often resets itself. If it does not heal, there is usually tinnitus and intermittent or always discharge hearing loss.
  • Ear surgery is performed in different formats according to need and demand. In cases that interfere with hearing, a different operation is performed, while in cases of arbitrary disfigurement, another form of surgery is performed.
  • Before you bring your problem to the point of surgery, you should always do your ear care correctly and regularly.

How Should Ear Care Be?

If your eardrum is a hole, you should not smuggle water into your ear. When showering or washing your head, you need to put pieces of vaseline-driven cotton in your ears. While swimming, vaseline cotton should remain inside the swimming bonnet. You can also buy earplugs from pharmacies or grocery stores.

It would help if you avoided blow snot rockets your nose hard. You should blow up as calmly as possible and wipe it calmly on the napkin. Moreover, it would be best if you did not suffer from runny noses. If you need to blow up your nose hard, you should do it by closing the other nostril because these errors cause microbes in the nose and nasal through the “eutha pipe” between the ear and amp to reach the middle ear.

If you have ear discharge, you should not put as much as possible in your ear while cleaning your ear. You should see your doctor and take the necessary medications. You cannot block it by always putting cotton in the current.

Scoop Ear Work

Scoop ears can have two different problems:

1) The angle of the ear with the head may be wider than average. This causes the ear to appear open to the outside. Patients complain about the image that emerges from behind in particular

2) Due to the lack of folds that should be present in the upper half of the ear, it is as if the ear appears flat as if it were ironed.

What Problems Does The Scoop Ear Cause?

Scoop headsets, which cause psychological problems in many individuals, especially children in the school term, regardless of men or women, are not particularly welcome in Western society. People with this complaint try to cover their ears using various accessories or by extending their hair. People who complain about scoop ears can see obsessions up to the degree of the complex.

The problems caused by scoop headsets also vary regionally. In far Eastern culture, scoop headsets are perceived as a cute look, especially in women, and are seen as unbelief. However, especially in western societies where our country can be included in western societies, people who have had this problem since childhood can be ridiculed and ridiculed by their environment, and because of this situation, they cause problems such as lack of confidence in themselves, depression and lack of self-respect. For this reason, the scoop ear problem should be corrected with aesthetic operations as early as possible in order not to cause such social and psychological issues in people.

Things to Do Before Scoop Ear Surgery

  • In the proper surgery interview, the patient’s current ear complaints and post-operation expectations are evaluated.
  • Photos of the patient’s ear take from 6 different perspectives, and information is given about the possible ear image that will occur after the operation.
  • An appointment is made to an appropriate date, and the operation takes place on the specified date. Surgery ends in 1-2 hours.
  • Photos of the completed scoop ears before and after the operation are shown and compared.

What is being done in Scoop Ear Surgery?

Scoop ear surgery is changing the shape of the ear. Two different surgeries are being performed for the two other problems we are counting up there.

For the first problem, i.e., if the angle of the ear with the head is wider than average, to correct this angle, solid stitches are made exactly where the ear meets the head, thereby shrinking the angle.

For the second problem, the cartilage is similarly firmly stitched under the skin behind the ear. So the ear bends a little bit, the person is flat, getting rid of the feeling of ironing.

You can rehearse what we say in front of the mirror to understand better what we are saying. By pressing the fingertip from the middle of the ear to the back, you see the first solution. Likewise, you can create curves by pressing the outside and top edge of the ear, which shows you the second solution.

How is Scoop Ear Surgery Performed?

There is a cut right behind the ear in the surgery. This cut is right behind the ear, so it does not leave a visible mark. Doctors can do all the procedures from here. The operation is performed with general or local anaesthesia. It does not happen in any stitches that need to be taken after surgery. Everyone is wondering, “How many days after surgery can I be discharged? You will probably be discharged in a day. After a few days, you can go out on the street and shower after 2-3 days.

Is It Mandatory to Wear a Headband After Surgery?

After surgery, it is recommended to wear tennis tape for protection purposes. If you are careful during the day and can protect your ears, you do not need to wear them. However, it should be underlined that you should be more careful if you are not going to wear tennis tape.

What is the Age Limit in Scoop Ear Surgery?

Scoop ear surgery is one of the rare surgeries that can be performed at a young age. Even an elementary school-aged person can have this surgery with ease. The reason children of this age undergo surgery is because they are offended in a friendly environment because of their appearance.

The primary condition of the operation is that the child voluntarily undergoes surgery. Children should know what surgery is, that it can hurt, that they will be stitched up, and other things that will occur. Children who accept this surgery under the influence of their parents should not undergo this surgery.

They May Occur After The Work

The risk of bleeding in each operation is also present in this surgery, but it is not possible because there are not many vessels in the ear that can cause severe bleeding. However, there may be bleeding in the form of blood accumulate called “hematoma”; it should be noted.

Another element to consider after surgery is infection. Ear cartilage is challenging to inflame, but the ear’s shape can deteriorate if it becomes inflamed. Therefore, much attention should be taken to ear cleaning after surgery.

Another problem that may occur after the surgery is symmetry. Ear asymmetry, which is also before surgery, can occur much more after surgery. Therefore, surgery should be performed carefully, and this asymmetry should be reduced to a minimum.

In surgeries such as ear scoops, the doctor is essential. Because the ear scoop is aesthetic surgery, and the patient enters the surgery in the hope of seeing a perfect ear. However, some doctors get the ear too close to the head. You can perceive this as an overcorrected scoop ear. This image may be more disturbing than the scoop ear, so you should choose your doctor carefully.

You need to get information from him about pre-surgical conditions. Usually, there are some exceptions when each patient leaves in an immune way after surgery. So it would be best if you focused on the benefits of surgery and its harms.

Let us examine the report card of the surgery:

√ What is the form of surgery?

General or local.

√ Where is the operation performed?

The operation is performing in the operating room at the hospital.

√ What is the duration of the surgery?

1-1.5 hours.

√ What is the duration of the hospital stay?

You will be discharged on the same day.

√ Is there any poster surgery pain?

You might have a little whining on the first day. You can put it to rest with simple painkillers.

There may be swelling in the ear between 3-7 days.

√ Is dressing done?

You do not need any extra action when your dressing is removed.

√ When can you return to work or sports?

Depending on your work, you can return to work between 2-7 days; light walks after two weeks and normal sports after three weeks. It would help if you watched out that you do not return to sports like boxing or basketball before five weeks.

√ When exactly is everything saved under the name of surgery?

With your swollen down, your pain sore, you will be free of everything between 4 and 6.

Scoop ear surgery, poster surgery can occur. We examined in detail how the operation was performed. Now let us examine ear surgeries due to the need for no aesthetic purpose.

What Is Cochlear Implant (Bionic Ear) Treatment?

A cochlear implant is a highly advanced receiving device preferred in hearing rehabilitation for patients with severe hearing loss who do not benefit sufficiently from the hearing aid.

The cochlear implant converts the sound energy into electrical energy, allowing the hearing nerve to be electrically stimulated directly in the inner ear, allowing the person to hear again. The cochlear implant consists of two parts: the inner part surgically inserted into the ear and the outer part inserted behind the ear, just like a hearing aid. These two parts come into contact with each other through a magnet system.

A cochlear implant is a device that estheses the task of the hearing organ in the inner ear. For this reason, to perform cochlear implant surgery, the patient must have an inner ear and a strong hearing nerve that can be implanted.

Hearing and language are very important for the person. The person needs to have a normal hearing system to understand and interpret what is being said. Therefore, hearing rehabilitation is very important in children or adults with hearing loss, should not be disrupted.

Who can be applied to a cochlear implant?

Those with congenital severe hearing loss: Early diagnosis of hearing loss in these children is very important. Because there is a critical time in children for language development and this period should not be exceeded. This period is around two years old. Therefore, the most appropriate surgical age for infants with advanced hearing loss is around one year old.

Children who have undergone cochlear implant surgery at the age of 1 have a near-normal hearing rate and a 95% chance of full linguistic development.  The results are also very satisfactory in surgeries performed between the ages of 1-2 years.

However, after the age of 2, the success rate begins to decrease gradually. Around the age of 4-5 years is considered to be a critical age. Because children with congenital hearing loss and no language development cannot achieve success in life because of cochlear implants are performed after the age of 4. There is only one exception to this situation. If the child is older than four years of age but has a small amount of language development, they will benefit from the cochlear implant.

Subsequent hearing loss: cochlear implant surgery is performed as a solution for advanced hearing loss in adult persons or children who have completed or completed lingua language development. This group is the most yielding group from cochlear implants. If surgery occurs shortly after hearing loss occurs, these people will have their hearing from the first use of the device and generally understand what is being said.

However, many years of ingesting reduce implant success. If more than ten years have passed since hearing loss began to occur, there is little chance that these people will benefit from the implant. Therefore, surgeries should be performed as quickly as possible.

Who does not apply a cochlear implant?

Although hearing loss occurs, it is not done to people who benefit adequately from the hearing aid.

Hearing loss in adulthood is not made because there are no positive results for people who start, develop, and have passed more than 10-15 years.

It can not be done to people with severely impaired internal ear structure or without hearing nerves (brain stem implants can be performed on these patients).

It is not done to children who have congenital hearing loss and who are over 5-6 years old and have no language development.

What is the Risk of Cochlear Implant Surgeries?

All surgical procedures have certain risks. In the same way, there are some risks in cochlear implant surgery. To sort out a few of them:

  • Risks associated with anaesthesia: these risks are rare. It is also at the same rate as the risks in any surgery.
  • Risk of facial paralysis: it is very unlikely to scare you when heard. There is such a risk that the facial nerve will pass through the surgical area, and this risk is 1%.
  • Brain fluid leakage: There may be post-operative brain fluid leakage due to internal ear open during surgery in rare cases. This problem is wider in patients with internal ear structure disorders.

How much does cochlear implant surgery cost?

Bionic ear operation is applied to patients who have advanced and very advanced hearing loss, who do not benefit from hearing aids, or who are seen as eligible to implant a Cochlear Implant. If you meet the requirements, both the application and the hospital cost of 2 thousand 727 TL will be covered by the SSI.

So how much are the hearing aids that the SSI does not meet?

About 4,000 babies are deaf every year in Turkey. Cochlear implant (bionic ear) surgery, which also allows these babies to hear and therefore talk over time, is the most effective method in the treatment of hearing impairment. However, the price of the devices is quite high. Families cannot supply the devices.

Moreover, if the one cannot renew the device, while the device’s price is between 100-150 thousand pounds for one ear, an average of 300 thousand pounds must be paid for the two ears. Unfortunately, the cochlear implant device needs to be changed every seven years. That is much pushing the family budget. Families are waiting for help from the ministry to give hope to their children in this regard.