Tympanoplasty is the surgical procedure which restores and/or retains hearing. During the tympanoplasty, the surgeon will graft the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and reconstruct the middle ear. A prosthetic device may need to be implanted to replace the ossicles (middle ear bones) that have been damaged by infection.
Types of prosthetics used to replace the ossicles may be:
• T.O.R.P. (Total Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis)
• P.O.R.P. (Partial Ossicular Replacement Prosthesis)
The goal of tympanoplasty is to close any perforation, as well as improve hearing.