Otology: External Ear

Learn More About Treatment For Disorders of the External Ear

Ear, nose and throat specialists (ENTs) at Aurora Health Care treat many disorders of the external ear. Some of the conditions they treat are:

  • Abscess – An abscess is a collection of pus that builds during an infection.
  • Hematoma/seroma – Hematoma is a collection of blood outside the blood vessels, and seroma is a pocket of clear fluid that collects when blood plasma seeps out of blood vessels.
  • Laceration – A laceration is a tear or cut in the skin.
  • Abnormal levels of cerumen (earwax) – When earwax builds up, it can cause an earache, ringing in the ears or hearing loss.
  • Foreign body in the ear – When objects get into the ear canal, they can damage the ear and the eardrum. This damage can lead to many ear problems, including infection and laceration, some of which can lead to hearing loss.
  • Chronic middle-ear disease/otitis media – Chronic ear infections may lead to damage to hearing and the part of the ear that regulates balance, which can cause dizziness and balance problems.
  • Cholesteatoma – Cholesteatoma is abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum. It can be caused by chronic ear infection or a tear in the ear drum.
  • Conductive hearing loss – Conductive hearing loss is associated with disorders of the middle and external ear.
  • Otosclerosis – Otosclerosis is a type of hearing loss caused by abnormal growth of the three bones that help conduct and amplify sound waves from the outer ear to the inner ear.


ENTs offer many treatments for disorders of the external ear – some medical and some surgical. Two of the surgical treatments ENTs at Aurora Health Care perform are stapedotomy and meatoplasty/canalplasty.

  • Stapedotomy – A stapedotomy is a surgical procedure to improve hearing loss due to a middle-ear condition called stapes fixation.
  • Meatoplasty/canalplasty – These surgical procedures often are performed together to treat a narrow ear canal and the problems associated with it. Meatoplasty involves the soft tissue and ear cartilage, while canalplasty involves the bony canal within the ear. When these two procedures are performed together, they help enlarge the ear canal, reducing the potential for blockage of the ear canal and providing easier access to the part of the ear called the mastoid cavity.

Why Come to Aurora Health Care?

When it comes to caring for your health, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ear, nose and throat specialists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced treatments available today.

At Aurora, you’re an important part of your health care team, and you can expect outstanding care.

  • We have experts to meet all of your needs – Every ENT at Aurora is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), and many have additional certifications and specializations. So no matter which condition you have, Aurora has a doctor to treat it.
  • We’re dedicated to patient care – At Aurora, every team member, from customer service representatives to techs to nurses to doctors, shares the goal of providing outstanding care in a patient-focused, compassionate environment.
  • We offer innovative treatment options – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including leading-edge microsurgeries that can improve outcomes and quality of life.
  • You can get immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. If your ear, nose and throat doctor thinks you should see another specialist, he or she can make a referral and get you an appointment right away.
  • All Aurora doctors are connected – Because Aurora is a large health care system, there are doctors across the state of Wisconsin to serve you. And, if you are seen in Green Bay and later in Milwaukee, your medical records will be available to each and every health professional within our integrated health care system.

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist at Aurora, call one of the ENT offices directly. View the list of Aurora ENTs.