What are Ear Tubes?
Placing tubes in the ears has become one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States. A tiny tube, with a collar on both ends, is slipped through a tiny incision in the eardrum. This pressure-equalization (PE) tube provides a temporary alternate avenue for equalization of pressure in the middle ear and to allow bacteria and fluid to drain out. This procedure is of great benefit to nearly all children and some adults who suffer from recurring ear infections, fluid retention or poor Eustachian tube function.
The Benefits of Ear Tubes
Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. The average age for ear tube insertion is one to three years old. Inserting ear tubes may:
- Reduce the risk of future ear infection
- Restore hearing loss caused by middle ear fluid
- Improve speech problems and balance problems
- Improve behavior and sleep problems caused by chronic ear infections
- Help children do their best in school
We can help you to know if you, or your child, could benefit from ear tubes. Contact us for an assessment.