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What is the earliest age at which you could begin to insert ear tubes?

What is the earliest age at which you could begin to insert ear tubes?

As soon as indicated: The usual indications for tubes are 5-6 episodes of ear infections/year in a single year. If a child develops repeated infections in the first year of life... They can have tubes. Newborns with persistent fluid may need tubes to drain the fluid. Bottom line, there is no wrong age... If there is a problem with retained fluid or recurrent infections.. Tubes can be placed. ...Read more

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What is the procedure like to insert ear tubes?

What is the procedure like to insert ear tubes?

Office procedure: 95% of adults who receive ear tubes in my practice choose to have this done in the office. Under a microscope the ear drum is anaesthetized with topical phenol, a microscopic incision placed, any fluid suctioned from the ear, and a tube placed in the incision. All this takes less than 5 minutes. ...Read more

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Do u need to get put to sleep to get ear tubes inserted?

Do u need to get put to sleep to get ear tubes inserted?

Depends: This is delicate work, involving cutting a hole in a sensitive ear drum after cleaning & sanitizing the ear canal, then any mucous or debris is suctioned out of the middle ear with a vacuum that sounds like a train bearing down on you. I suppose an adult might want to tough it out awake, understanding that any movement might mess things up, but it wouldn't work for infants/kids. ...Read more

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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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How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed?My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

How long should ear tubes stay in before needing removed?My daughter has had them from 9 mos to now, age 4 yrs and they haven't fallen out.

Common to shead: Tubes often fall out after 6+ months but may stay functional & in place much longer. I see little reason to get them out unless there problems. I don't like them swimming in the lakes or ponds with tubes but home pools are generally ok. Some ent's would pull them now if you are concerned.You may want to wait until spring to bypass another respiratory season. ...Read more

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I have had 11 sets of ear tubes since age 6. Is there another solution rather than getting more? The set I've had in for 3 months just came out.

I have had 11 sets of ear tubes since age 6. Is there another solution rather than getting more? The set I've had in for 3 months just came out.

ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble with eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). This can precipitate recurrent ear infections. Sometimes, the root cause needs to be treated more effectively. Allergies can precipitate this problem and subsequent infections. You might consider having allergy testing done and better allergy Rx. There are also some newer procedures to surgically open the ET. See an ENT. ...Read more

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Im 45 have nonallergic rhinititis and now etd in both ears tryed all not work how success ear tubes at my age to relieve block and pain in ears?

Im 45 have nonallergic rhinititis and now etd in both ears tryed all not work how success ear tubes at my age to relieve block and pain in ears?

EustachianTubeDysfxn: It's unclear to me what you've tried. There are many antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroids, decongestants & even intranasal saline rinses to consider. Check out http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/eustachian-tube-dysfunction.html & http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/blocked-eustachian-tubes-topic-overview. See your Family Doc then chat w/Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon. ...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 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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Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?

Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?

It depends: The american academy of otolaryngology published guidelines about which kids should qualify for tubes for the first time this month that I have attached links to below. I am a pediatric ENT in your area if you have further questions. http://www.entnet.org/guide_lines/loader.cfm?csmodule=security/getfile&pageid=174506 http://www.Entnet.Org/healthinformation/ear-tubes.Cf. ...Read more

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Will alcohol drops with ear tubes cause damage?

Will alcohol drops with ear tubes cause damage?

Maybe,maybe not: They generally cause significant pain and a burning sensation if they enter the middle ear.I can think of no benefit to ever use them in this scenario. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to have ear tubes in too long?

Is it likely bad to have ear tubes in too long?

Ear Tubes: For most pediatric patients, we typically recommend tubes only stay in place for a couple of years. Once they've been in for 2 years, i recommend consideration for removal. For adults who have tubes, keeping the tubes in for a longer period of time is quite common and necessary. It really depends on the underlying problem and the condition of the ear. Best to discuss with an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can you swim underwater when your ear tubes fall out?

Can you swim underwater when your ear tubes fall out?

Usually : You can swim with tubes in place in many cases. Once they fall out, unless there is a persistent hole in the ear, it should be fine to swim. Remember that most people who need tubes can't equalize their ear pressure well. This can mean that when you are deeper under water you will have a hard time clearing your ears, which can be painful. Certainly don't scuba dive unless you can clear your ears. ...Read more

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Is swim-ear alright to use on a child with ear tubes?

Is swim-ear alright to use on a child with ear tubes?

No: There have been a couple of studies where parents applied a prescription (quinolone category) drop at bedtime in children with ear tubes who swam earlier in the day. The alcohol in otc swimmer's ear preparations will cause pain and potentially cause hearing loss. As an ent, i only require plugs for swimming in lakes or oceans, not pools or bath time. ...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?

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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I signed my or permit for ear tubes weds.My surgery is next thursday.Roomie( she wrks in or i'm going to) looked at nxt weeks sched i wasn't on it yet?

I signed my or permit for ear tubes weds.My surgery is next thursday.Roomie( she wrks in or i'm going to) looked at nxt weeks sched i wasn't on it yet?

Many hospitals do: Not actually put together the surgery schedule until a day before, due to last minute cancellations and additions. Call your doctor's office to confirm the date of your surgery. The exact time to report may not be known until the evening before. ...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