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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Philip Maddeaux | 2019/01/22

Q.

Ear issues

I have had 6 ear surgeries from Feb 1968 to March 1976. In the past 4 1/2 years I have flown 30 times.T hat's an average of a flight every 1.8 months. My question is could all this flying cause all this scar tissue to expand causing hearing loss. I have seen a specialists last year & he said all the scar tissue is making 2 patches on my eardrum stiff so the ear drum does not vibrate properly. Can this actually happen. I see this specialists 6 weeks from today. He is the 5th ENT specialists I have seen since Dec.,1967.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert
- 2019/01/23

Dear Philip,


I'm not sure that the flying would cause the scar tissue to expand on your eardrums, or have any effect on the scar tissue at all. However, the pressure changes that you experience when flying can affect your middle ears, and can sometimes cause discomfort during and after your flight. 

The scar tissue on your eardrums, which is as a result of multiple ear surgeries, rather than frequent flying, can definitely cause stiffening of the actual membrane that makes up your eardrum, which results in limited movement of your eardrums. This in turn can contribute to a hearing loss, as your eardrums need to be mobile in order to carry sound waves from the outside world into your middle and inner ears. If you have not yet had your hearing tested, I would recommend enquiring with the ENT specialist when you see him again about your hearing. He will most likely refer you to an Audiologist.

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