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Adult Ear Tubes
I am an adult who had ear tubes inserted 10 days ago. Will I get my hearing back, lose the muffled sounds and echo ?
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
??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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer