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Bathing With Ear Tubes
Pain after getting water in ear tubes? Is this normal my daughter forgot her ear plugs when taking a bath and got water in her left ear. Now she says it hurts. Will the pain go away by itself or do we need to see her doctor?
?? 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
Do it or wait it out: When tubes are recomended it is a procedure that tries to mimic what the body does later--let air stay in the middle air space. Head growth and gradual change in the size & angle of the natural tube lets it stay open more, ending the retention of mucous that feeds the germs during infections. U can decide to wait & treat (or not) infections as they occur or do it. Patient comfort is the main issue. ...Read more
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
Transient conductive: hearing loss can delay speech & language only while it exists. Persistent expressive &/or receptive language disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder with an underlying genetic or other medical cause, ^es risk of dyslexia. Speech sound disorder does not ^ risk of dyslexia. See your school district's Child Find Team for Early Childhood Special Ed. & a developmental/behavioral pede. For evaluation. ...Read more
Unlikely to matter: It would be much more likely that the problems leading to the tubes were more important. Any kid with recurrent ear infections was experiencing a 40% loss in speech perception for 4-6 weeks surrounding any infection. These add up to contribute to speech delay. It is one reason tubes are recommended. ...Read more
No: Tubes provide a temporary solution that may help long term. If the Eustachian tube has failed for an extended period, the tubes can allow the middle ear to ventilate, permitting any chronic swelling to subside. During the initial procedure, thick mucoid debris is removed. Once the debris is gone, natural thinner middle ear mucous may drain appropriately. The tubes would no longer be needed. ...Read more
I have bilat ear tubes. The right ear tube is clogged. Can this be done with ear drops? Instead of replacing the tube?
Maybe: An ENT doc can also sometimes push a tiny probe through the tube opening to remove the clog. Adults that are willing to sit still for the procedure find this a simple process, many kids will cooperate for it also. ...Read more
I had ear tubes put in yesterday and now I can barely hear out of my left ear and it hurts worse now than it did before, is this normal?
Recovery....: Post surgical recovery can vary. If symptoms persist I would call/visit with ENT who put tubes in and discuss concerns and perform physical exam. Look for any signs of infection, tube failure. ...Read more
My 14month old is getting ear tubes & I'm worried about the anesthesia- she's tiny @ 20 lbs. Could she be allergic to the anesthesia? Is it risky?
My toddler has had ear tubes for over a year now. We just came back from the beach and she has some discharge and a foul smell in one. Is this bad?
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
Is my child a candidate for ear tubes? What are you basing your recommendations for ear tubes on?
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
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
My son had ear tubes put in 4 days ago and now his ear drums are bright red. Should I be worried?
Child has ear tubes and still had 4-5 infections in same ear since January what are some other options?
Is it better to wear over the ear or in ear protection when you have ear tubes and have to wear hearing protection at work?
DB levels: Choose which ever product provides the highest dB protection (and hopefully that one is also the most comfortable!). ...Read more
Not cured.: Recurrent otitis media implies chronic issues with the eustachian tube. In these cases, particularly if there is hearing loss +/- chronic middle ear fluid, ventilating tubes (ear tubes) may be recommended. Tubes bypass a dysfunctional eustachian tube and allow better air exchange in and out of the middle ear, which is implicated in recurrent ear infections. ...Read more
Yes!: This is not an uncommon practice.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not typically: Unless severe infection that is left untreated. ...Read more
I am an adult who had ear tubes inserted 10 days ago. Will I get my hearing back, lose the muffled sounds and echo?
Are there any risks or possible side effects when using cortisone cream to treat inflamed ear tubes in a 17 month old?
Please don't!: Please don't put any cream, ointment, or liquid into the ear canal, particularly with tubes through ear drums. There are only few suspensions appropriate for a perforated ear drum should it become infected. Please discuss with baby's doctor. A hole means no barrier to the inner ear. Any medication not specifically approved for use in this situation could cause hearing and other damage. ...Read more
RN told me to use Vicks sinex spray for 3weeks to help drain ear tubes after being on psedophedrine didn"t work, is it okay to use for that long?
Not good idea: Nasal decongestant sprays should only be used for about 3 days. Otherwise, a severe rebound congestion problem will occur and that creates a dependancy on the medication just to maintain normalcy. Sometimes topical nasal and or oral steroids are needed to break the congestion cycle. Best to see an ENT doctor for help. The eustachian tube problem will be alleviated with the same types of Rx. ...Read more
3yr w/ear tubes, left falling out. - just failed 2 OAE tests in left (used 2 pass). bone cond. = ok, air = 25db left, 10db. Does this mean hear aids?
Not necessarily: It means there is could still be a hole in the ear drum that hasn't healed yet even though the tube has fallen out, thus some decrease in hearing. There also could be some fluid behind the drum as well. You need to discuss this with your ENT or pediatrician. ...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