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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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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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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 do doctors remove ear tubes? Is it a surgical procedure?

How do doctors remove ear tubes? Is it a surgical procedure?

Anesthesia/yes: Tubes are generally left alone and self jettison after 6m to 2yr. If there is a reason to remove them, the kid must be perfectly still (anesthesia) and the tube is removed under direct observation by the ENT using various instruments. ...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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Is peroxide okay for cleaning if ear tubes?

Is peroxide okay for cleaning if ear tubes?

No: Do not use peroxide in an ear with tubes or a perforation. If the peroxide goes through the tube it will cause significant discomfort. ...Read more

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