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ICD-10 code: H73.81

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Atrophic Flaccid Tympanic Membrane

Atrophic flaccid tympanic membrane (AFTM) is a condition that affects the eardrum, also known as the tympanic membrane. It is characterized by a thin and floppy eardrum that does not vibrate properly in response to sound waves. This can lead to hearing loss and other complications if left untreated.

There are several potential causes of AFTM, including chronic ear infections, trauma to the ear, and exposure to loud noises. In some cases, the condition may also be associated with other medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders or connective tissue disorders.

Symptoms of AFTM may include hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear. In some cases, there may also be visible changes to the eardrum, such as a thinning or perforation.

  1. Diagnosis of AFTM typically involves a thorough medical history and physical examination, including a specialized ear exam called a tympanometry.
  2. Treatment options for AFTM depend on the severity of the condition and may include medications, hearing aids, or surgical intervention.
  3. If left untreated, AFTM can lead to permanent hearing loss and other complications, so it is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing any symptoms or changes to your hearing.

Prevention of AFTM involves taking steps to protect your ears from potential damage, such as wearing earplugs in loud environments and seeking prompt treatment for any ear infections or injuries.

If you are experiencing symptoms of AFTM or have concerns about your hearing, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider. With proper diagnosis and treatment, many people with AFTM are able to manage their symptoms and maintain good hearing health.