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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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