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Aural atresia is the lack of an ear canal. It may occur in one or both ears. In aural atresia repair, the doctor rebuilds the canal and middle ear. This surgery is done when a child is at least 5 years old.
The doctor makes a new ear canal and fixes problems in the middle ear. Your child will be asleep during the surgery.
Children often go home several hours after surgery. They may have ear pain for a few days after surgery. Your child will probably be able to go back to school or daycare within a week.
The surgery should improve your child's hearing. But your child may still need a hearing aid.
When a child has aural atresia, the outside of the ear may not look normal. The doctor may want to repair it as well. This is done in a separate surgery, usually before the canal and middle ear are fixed.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
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