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Age 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ear tubes in 9/2013. Still visually in the ear but not working like they did when initially inserted. How do I know if they're blocked/bad?
Ear tubes: Have your otolaryngologist examine your ears.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am an adult who had ear tubes inserted 10 days ago. Will I get my hearing back, lose the muffled sounds and echo ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
??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
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