Ear drum scarring – a tidbit from Dr. Deem

Dr. Kenneth Deem, Otolaryngology specialist based in Tacoma, Washington, is a first time contributor to the Tympanic Times. This week’s Ear Pic of the Week was taken in Group Health’s Tacoma based clinic.

TM Scarring

Dr. Deem explains: “The white patch is called myringosclerosis. It is a thickening of the tympanic membrane caused by calcium deposits and is often seen after repeated middle ear infections. The white area is opaque and hard and will persist into adult life. It has no impact on hearing or normal ear function.”

Wax Removal – Before and After

Dr. Carl Peluso of Elmbrook Pediatrics in Brookfield, WI is this week’s Ear Pic contributor. He is a first time contributor to the Tympanic Times.

An 8 year old boy who came into the Elmbrook offices for a well check up. Mom mentioned that she was worried he was not hearing well. He has a history of cerumen impaction in the past. He also is very sensitive to having his ears cleaned out. Dr. Peluso used the CellScope Oto to be able to show the young patient what he was going to remove. This is what they saw:

A wax filled ear canal captured by Dr. Peluso. The "Before" Shot.

A wax filled ear canal captured by Dr. Peluso. The “Before” Shot.

Being able to see the ear wax made the boy a little more comfortable. After using a curette to remove the cerumen, Dr. Peluso showed the young boy the “after” shot. He was excited to see how normal his tympanic membranes looked once the wax was removed.

The "After" shot of the child's healthy ear drum after removal of the wax by Dr. Peluso (image taken with CellScope Oto)

The “After” shot of the child’s healthy ear drum after removal of the wax by Dr. Peluso (image taken with CellScope Oto)

Impacted cerumen can be especially problematic in young children, Dr. Peluso explains, as it has the potential to affect hearing.

Regarding the ability to use the Oto to help engage kids with their health, Dr. Peluso says:

I often use the CellScope Oto to show kids what their ears look like. Thanks to shows like Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior, I have a lot of kids playing doctor at home and they almost all think it’s cool to be able to see their own ears for the first time.

A big thanks goes out to Dr. Peluso for his contribution to the Tympanic Times. We are excited to see younger generations showing an interest in their exams.