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Can You Fly With Tubes In Your Ears
Yes: Ear tubes allow your middle ear to ventillate. You can fly without any problems. Swimming with ear tubes should be discussed with your ENT surgeon. Some recommend using ear plugs and others don't. Most caution against deep diving when ear tubes are in place to avoid getting pool water into the middle ear. ...Read more
I suddenly have decreased hearing. The feeling is like when you fly and your ears need to pop but they never do. everything sounds lower. ideas?
Rarely: Most commercial airplanes are able to maintain acceptable cabin pressures so permanent injury is rare unless flying with an upper respiratory infection or active ear infection. If you have no active ear problems and are able to clear your ears you should have no issue with flying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: I believe that ENT doctors are putting in too many tubes. I believe the appropriate indications are the following: a child or adult who has had a minimum of 3-4 documented ear infections in a 1 year period. 2.) fluid that has been documented to have been retained in the middle ear space for 3 months or longer. A ventilation tube also has a number of risks and should be discussed by ear doc. ...Read more
Yes: In children, persistent fluid in the middle ear can resolve at any time after an infection; however, the longer it persists, the lower the odds that it will resolve on its own. Particularly if the child has recurrent infections, or shows signs of hearing loss, tubes may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To do or not ??: The "tube" is a temporary substitute for the normal eustachian tube that malfunctions in infants.With the kids et blocked, mucous made by the ear walls accumulates & acts as food for germs leading to infections.Tubes prevent the mucous from accumulating. No food= no infection.A few kids will react to tubes with chronic drainage& they can fall out too soon. U also need to put kid to sleep for tubes. ...Read more
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