I’m having neck surgery and have a possible middle-ear infection. Will this complicate things?

No cold yet (3 weeks to go), but I'm having a nagging problem with my right (and occasionally left) ear getting plugged up. The surgery involves an incision in the side of my neck (not sure how near the Eustachian tube) and going around to the disc. Is this something I should get looked at beforehand? I've had this problem before, and it usually clears up after awhile.