Ear Tubes Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    If fluid from the middle ear space is draining out of the ear in a child with an acute ear infection (acute otitis media), there must be an opening in the eardrum – the air-tight membrane that separates the middle ear from the ear canal and helps us to hear. If fluid can get out […]

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  • Ear Tubes and Hearing

    Ear Tubes and Hearing

    As many as 700,000 children each year in the United States have ear tubes placed surgically to treat chronic and recurrent fluid behind the ear drum (otitis media with effusion, or OME). A study in the December 2005 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine argues that young kids who get tubes are more likely to […]

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  • Ear Tubes and Development

    Ear Tubes and Development

    We know that fluid behind the eardrum decreases hearing in children as long as it is present. We also know that the first 3 years of life are a very important time in a child’s development. The question is – does inserting ear tubes to eliminate this fluid help with development?

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  • PE Tubes

    PE Tubes for Ear Infections

    My son has had his PE tubes for three years. I recently read that leaving the tubes in for more than two years may result in scarring or damage to the eardrum. Can you give me any additional information?

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  • The Tubes Are In -- Now What?

    The Tubes Are In — Now What?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics established in 2002 five guidelines for the care of children who have tympanostomy tubes. The first guideline calls for a follow-up visit within the first month after surgery to ensure that the tubes are open and functioning, to answer questions, and to agree on a plan for any new ear […]

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  • Earplugs and Ear Tubes

    Earplugs and Ear Tubes

    My 2 1/2 year old son has had two sets of tubes. He went back for a checkup and I thought his doctor told me that the tubes had come out. We haven’t been using earplugs or anything since…

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  • An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics

    An Alternative to Ear Tubes, Steroids, or Antibiotics

    Ear tube surgery is the most common operation performed on children. The most common reason for the surgery is to treat prolonged fluid in the ear (otitis media with effusion, or OME). An article in the August 2001 issue of Laryngoscope evaluated an interesting alternative.

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  • Ear Infections and Ear Tubes

    Ear Infections and Ear Tubes

    Dear Dr. Greene, I am a little concerned over the first paragraph in the section regarding when ventilation tubes are necessary in children. You state that the purpose of ventilation tubes is to allow bacteria and fluid to drain…

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  • Flying After Ear Tube Replacement

    Flying after Ear Tube Placement

    Is there any reason an 18-month-old cannot fly after ear tube placement? Her mother in Boston is trying to use this excuse to keep my daughter from coming out to California in April as ordered by the courts. Please…

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  • Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies for Ear Infections

    Tonsillectomies and Adenoidectomies for Ear Infections

    My 9 year old son was referred by our pediatrician to a ear-nose-throat specialist to have ear-vent tubes inserted. After our consultation visit with the specialist, he recommended not having the tubes placed since my son is only having…

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