Out of the maze of middle ear surgery there now emerges a clearer concept of how to select the proper procedure for the pathology present. A simple classification of accepted microscopic ear operations is necessary.
The term "otometric" was proposed by me in 1958 to include all ear surgery involving the measurement and improvement of hearing. The Otometer introduced by House2 prompted the coining of this word. Proper emphasis on the metric system of measurement is also suggested.
Antoli Candela Piquet3 had suggested "audiosurgery" as a name to include functional microsurgery of atresias, otosclerosis and otorrheas. Portmann4 prefers the term "restorative surgery of the windows of the labyrinth" to stapes mobilization, which would be restricted to techniques of that nature only. He states that "if no mobilization is possible, opening the foot (i.e., stapes) is justified, a real physiological fenestration."
Tabulation of data should be standardized in
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