Inserting ear tubes may: Ear tubes are inserted through an outpatient surgical procedure called a myringotomy.
A myringotomy refers to an incision (a hole) in the ear drum or tympanic membrane.
But sometimes, ear infections and/or fluid in the middle ear may become a chronic problem leading to other issues such as hearing loss, behavior, and speech problems.
In these cases, insertion of an ear tube by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) may be considered.
This is often considered when a repeat tube insertion is necessary.
Current research indicates that removing adenoid tissue concurrent with placement of ear tubes can reduce the risk of recurrent ear infection and the need for repeat surgery.
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear.
Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time.These conditions most commonly occur in children, but can also be present in teens and adults and can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, or changes in the structure of the ear drum.Other less common conditions that may warrant the placement of ear tubes are malformation of the ear drum or eustachian tube, Down Syndrome, cleft palate, and barotrauma (injury to the middle ear caused by a reduction of air pressure, usually seen with altitude changes such as flying and scuba diving).The procedure usually lasts less than 15 minutes and patients awaken quickly.Sometimes the otolaryngologist will recommend removal of the adenoid tissue (lymph tissue located in the upper airway behind the nose) when ear tubes are placed.Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children—by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode.