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I am an adult who had ear tubes inserted 10 days ago. Will I get my hearing back, lose the muffled sounds and echo ?

I am an adult who had ear tubes inserted  10 days ago.  Will I get my hearing back, lose the muffled sounds and echo ?

Ear: If the loss was fluid behind the ear drum it will come back. May take some time. Check with your ent if it seems slow to come back. You may need a hearing test in follow up ...Read more

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When would ear tubes be considered for an adult? What's involved? Any time off work? Hard to care for?

When would ear tubes be considered for an adult? What's involved? Any time off work? Hard to care for?

Ear tubes: Ear tubes in adults are usually performed when you are unable to get rid of fluid in your middle ears. Your doctor would first try various medicines to get rid of the fluid. If steroids don't work then surgery may be the next step . The surgery is minor. You can go to work the next day and they are not hard to care for. ...Read more

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How well do ear tubes work?

How well do ear tubes work?

Very well: Children or adults that get tubes see a significant reduction in the number of ear infections and usually have an immediate improvement in hearing. ...Read more

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What to expect getting ear tubes?

What to expect getting ear tubes?

??for kids ??: Ear tubes generally refers to insertion of plastic ventilation tubes into the ears if infants have chronic infections.The kids are placed under general anesthesia, the canal cleaned with antiseptic material & a thin knife used to open a hole in the ear drum.Debris is sucked out of the middle ear & the tube inserted & antibiotic drops applied. The kid is awakened & sent home to outpatient followup. ...Read more

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How to relieve pain with ear tubes?

How to relieve pain with ear tubes?

Question: In general, a ventilation tube inserted into the ear drum for removal of fluid or to prevent recurrent ear infections should not hurt. Sometimes when water gets into the ear canal or antibiotic drops are inserted, they may possibly cause discomfort. Rarely the tube is pressing on the ear canal skin. Talk to your surgeon and ask him to reassure you. ...Read more

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Who can help my son with ear tubes?

Who can help my son with ear tubes?

Ear nose and throat : If your son is having recurrent or persistent ear infections, tubes may be a treatment option. You should get an opinion from local ENT doctor concerning appropriateness for your son. ...Read more

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What to expect when getting ear tubes?

What to expect when getting ear tubes?

Less infections.: Ear tubes help about 80% of people who get them for recurring ear infections. For most patients who have had tubes placed, no subsequent treatment is necessary unless there is an ear infection and/or drainage. The ENT doctor can tell you what to expect, based on whether the tubes are to be temporary or permanent. ...Read more

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Is peroxide okay for cleaning if ear tubes?

Is peroxide okay for cleaning if ear tubes?

No: Do not use peroxide in an ear with tubes or a perforation. If the peroxide goes through the tube it will cause significant discomfort. ...Read more

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What happens if a child's ear tubes stop work?

What happens if a child's ear tubes stop work?

Like No Tubes: When the tubes stop working, your child is now back to natural ear function. Thus if if btheir eustachian tubes have matured, there will be much less liklihood of ear infections. If not, the infections will start again. Do not overeact! the tubes need replaced only if frequent ear infections occur. ...Read more

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Will getting ear tubes help a child's balance?

Will getting ear tubes help a child's balance?

Maybe: If the child suffers from repetitive middle ear infections or has fluid that will not clear from middle ear, then placement of tubes may help balance. ...Read more

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