Ear paper/fat patch

A hole in the eardrum or "perforated eardrum" can come from a bad ear infection; a surgical procedure, such as placement of an ear tube; or from injury, such as sticking something inside the ear. Treatment options include myringoplasty and tympanoplasty

Myringoplasty procedures cover the hole with a small piece of  paper or gel foam that temporarily creates a seal that encourages the body’s normal healing processes. Sometimes fat from the child’s ear lobe is used as the patch.

Tympanoplasty procedures patch the hole with the patient’s own tissue. The surgeon slips this tissue behind or on top of the hole in the eardrum.