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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 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
??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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