Tympanic Patching

What is Tympanic Patching for?

Many complaints in and around the ear are also caused by a wrong tension of the eardrum. The most well-known muscle that determines the tone is the 'tympanic muscle tensioner' or tensor tympani muscle. Even though the eardrum is a very small organ, it is an important junction where many nerve endings come together. That is why so many different complaints can occur when the tension of the eardrum is not properly regulated.

Some complaints have to do with an exaggerated sensation of their own body sounds such as the excessive hearing of their own voice (autophony), excessive hearing of the heartbeat (pulsatile tinnitus), the hearing of their own breathing, footsteps, etc. Other complaints have to do with the ear itself, such as a pressure in the ear, mild tinnitus, mild balance disorders.

Due to an exaggerated tone of the eardrum, the chewing and neck muscles can tense and cause tension headaches, throats in the throat, swallowing problems, a feeling of mucus between the nose and throat, teeth grinding, etc. These symptoms occur in a number of syndromes like Tensor tympani syndrome, Acoustic shock syndrome, and Costen syndrome, but can also occur in bruxism (dental glands or tooth clips), CFS, fibromyalgia, burnout, ...

A number of these complaints can decrease or even disappear by adjusting the tension of the eardrum at specific locations.

How is 'Tympanic Patching' applied?

It is important that the membrane is placed in the correct location of the eardrum. This is applied with the aid of a microscope. The procedure only takes a few minutes and is not painful.