- You will not be able to hear well out of the operated ear for around 4-6 weeks after the surgery. In some instances, the hearing may actually be worse than before surgery. You may hear your voice louder in that ear or you may hear noise, crackling, or popping.
- There may be some pain after the surgery. This will improve over 24-48 hours.
- You may have an altered sense of taste on the same side of surgery. This will resolve over the next few weeks.
- You will have packing inside the ear canal. This will remain in the ear until your surgeon takes it out.
- There may be some discharge from the ear canal. You may want to keep a cotton ball in the ear for a few days, and change it as necessary.
- After the dressing comes off, the operated ear may stick out a little more than the other side. This will resolve over the next few weeks.
- You may have some mild imbalance or dizziness for a few days post-operatively. This will resolve.
- A low-grade fever (<101 °F) is not uncommon.
Content provided by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery http://www.aao-hns.org