Ear tubes: Formally known as tympanostomy tubes, ear tubes are small plastic tubes inserted into the eardrum (the tympanum) to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time. To put the tubes in place, a myringotomy (a surgically placed tiny incision in the eardrum) is done. Any fluid, usually thickened secretions, will be removed. The ear tubes usually remain in place for 6 months to several years. Water should not be allowed to enter the ear canal while the tubes are in place. Eventually, they will move out of the eardrum (extrude) and fall into the ear canal. The doctor may remove the tube during a routine future office visit or it may simply fall out of the ear without the child realizing it.
Learn about ear tubes (myringotomy), a procedure that allows ventilation in the middle ear. Pre-surgery, during surgery, post surgery, and follow-up information is ...
Doctor, Please Explain Ear Tubes ... Insight into causes and treatment options â€¢ Who needs ear tubes and why?
Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections.
Ear tubes â€” Overview covers procedure and intended outcome of treatment for middle ear problems.
Many kids get middle ear infections (otitis media). Doctors may suggest ear tube surgery for those with multiple infections or a hearing loss or speech delay.