Type of Surgery

PreOp® Patient Education: Myringotomy Insertion of Tube Surg

It is not uncommon for fluid to accumulate behind the eardrum (tympanic membrane). In this animation, we see the surgery used to open the tympanic membrane (myringotomy) and the placement of a drainage tube. This procedure is known colloquially as a patient "getting tubes in his ears."

Back to Myringotomy and Ear Tubes

Cochlear Implants

This animation not only shows how the ear detects sound waves and converts those waves into nerve signals, but it also shows how cochlear implants work and allow patients with nerve deafness to hear.

The Ear: the Organ of Hearing

The human ear requires a number of highly specialized anatomical structures in order to transform sound wave energy into actually sounds recognized by the brain. This animation shows the various structures of the outer, middle and inner ear and how they work together to detect sound.