We evaluate the feasibility of nanosecond-pulsed and femtosecond-pulsed lasers for otologic surgery. The outcome parameters are cutting precision (in micrometers), ablation rate (in micrometers per second), scanning speed (in millimeters per second), and morphological effects on human middle ear ossicles. We examine single-spot ablations by a nanosecond-pulsed, frequency-tripled Nd:YAG laser (, beam diameter , pulse rate , power ) on isolated human mallei. A similar system (, beam diameter , pulse rate , power ) and a femtosecond-pulsed (, pulse duration , pulse energy , beam diameter , pulse rate ) are coupled to a scanner to perform bone surface ablation over a defined area. In our setups 1 and 2, marginal carbonization is visible in all single-spot ablations of 1-s exposures and longer: With an exposure time of , precise cutting margins without carbonization are observed. Cooling with saline solution result is in no carbonization at and a scan speed of . Our third setup shows no carbonization but greater cutting precision, although the ablation volume is lower. Nanosecond- and femtosecond-pulsed laser systems bear the potential to increase cutting precision in otologic surgery.