Deaf News: ‘Formula 1’ technology could tackle damaged eardrums

Posted on September 3, 2012

Technology more commonly used in Formula 1 racing could offer a remedy for damaged eardrums, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

According to the paper:

The procedure uses a tiny graft of flesh taken from behind the ear to create an exact replica of the eardrum. Although the operation has been done since the Seventies, surgeons always struggled to make the new eardrum mimic the shape of the real thing. But by using a design technique that creates aerodynamic parts for racing cars, engineers have managed to build the perfect mould for an eardrum.

The technology, which is implanted during a two-hour operation, is known as laser sintering. Under general anaesthetic, tissue is taken from behind the ear and is pressed onto an eardrum mould. This becomes the new eardrum once it is fixed in shape using formaldehyde.

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