A 29-year-old member asked:
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can ear tubes help with eustachian tube dysfunction? i have tried decongestants, nasal steroids, etc. ear infections and hearing loss continue. help!

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: Fluid that accumulated behind the ears can thicken to the point it may not drain.During the process of inserting tubes,they usually remove this thickened debris with vacuum cleaner like tools.The tubes allow a bypass for new fluid to escape while swollen middle ear tissue recovers. It is more traditional to use in small kids, but might help an adult.A consult with an ENT can help you decide
Answered on Apr 11, 2017

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