Intratympanic Inner Ear Perfusion
A variety of inner ear treatments have evolved which apply medical therapies absorbed by the inner ear.
Gentamicin is an antibiotic that has been discovered to be selectively toxic to the balance portion of the inner ear. Small doses of Gentamicin can be applied to the inner ear to treat Meniere’s disease and other inner ear balance disorders. The intent of this treatment is to deliver sufficient medication to stabilize or partially destroy the nerve endings of balance while sparing the nerves of hearing.
Steroid intratympanic inner ear perfusions are also performed for the treatment of Meniere’s disease. Recent studies have also indicated the usefulness of this therapy in restoring hearing after sudden sensorineural hearing loss.
Intratympanic Inner Ear Perfusions are well tolerated, are nearly painless, and are performed in the clinic on an outpatient basis.