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.”

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