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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Tympanostomy Tube (Overview)

It is the insertion of a small tube into the eardrum. Function is to allow pressure equalization of ear pressure with environmental pressure. Used to reduce incidence of ear infections or middle ear fluid.


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Can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

Can tympanostomy tubes clog easily?

Yes and No: They can clog with persistant drainage after the procedure or if there is an infection after placement. This can be treated with antibiotic drops - sometimes they need to be suctioned in the clinic under the microscope. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
17 Doctors shared insights

Tympanostomy Tube (Overview)

It is the insertion of a small tube into the eardrum. Function is to allow pressure equalization of ear pressure with environmental pressure. Used to reduce incidence of ear infections or middle ear fluid.


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Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

Is it important how big the tympanostomy tubes are?

Yes, in length: In general, the longer the tube used, the longer they will stay in before naturally working themselves out, and the longer the child benefits from them. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tympanostomy tube?

What is the definition or description of: tympanostomy tube?

Ear tube: It is the insertion of a small tube into the eardrum. Function is to allow pressure equalization of ear pressure with environmental pressure. Used to reduce incidence of ear infections or middle ear fluid. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term consequences to having a tympanostomy tube put in?

No: There are really no serious complications with placeme NT of uncomplicated pe tubes. Mild discomfort post op. ...Read more

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Is having tympanostomy tubes put in a painful operation?

Is having tympanostomy tubes put in a painful operation?

Yes: There is some discomfort after the procedure. Usually pain medication and/or ear drops are prescribed for post op management. ...Read more

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Can your child still hear bass if he has tympanostomy tubes put in?

Yes: Hearing with tubes in place will still be within a normal range with tubes in place. There may be a slight dip (still normal) in the low frequencies, though. ...Read more

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I have a tympanostomy tube & I wear a hearing aid, all the conditions for fungi growth is there & I had it twice, what the best I can do to avoid it?

Ear fungus: Because the ear is a dark, warm, moist place, it offers an ideal environment for fungi to thrive. The hearing aid occludes the canal and makes the problem worse. Keep the hearing aids out at night to ventilate the ears - keep your ears dry. Make sure you disinfect your hearing aid daily. Use an antiseptic product that's compatible with your hearing aid. Check with your audiologist or ent. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use debrox in a ear with tympanostomy tube?

Debrox: Hello. Please don't use debrox with a tympanostomy tube in place. The peroxide and wax softening agent are not ment to be placed within the middle ear space. See your ENT doctor for wax deridement if needed. ...Read more

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As a pilot, I use a headset with foam tips that go into ear canal. I also suffer from frequent otitis media. Can they be related? Ent is considering tympanostomy. Can I use this headset w/ ear tubes?

As a pilot, I use a headset with foam tips that go into ear canal. I also suffer from frequent otitis media. Can they be related? Ent is considering tympanostomy. Can I use this headset w/ ear tubes?

Ear infections: When anything, including q tips, fingers, or other foreign objects are inserted into the ear canals, many things can happen. All these and especially your headset foam tips are a culture medium for bacteria. Soft tissue infections of the canals, eardrums, or middle ear can result, and the foam tips can push foreign material, wax, dirt, or other debris into the canals or drum. See your ENT doc. ...Read more

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Are blood clots common after a bilateral myringotomy with tubes?

Some times: Myringotomy is done to drain middle ear fluid, to prevent middle ear infection, which may cause deafness in the children, by inserting small tube in the membranous part of drum most of the time no bleeding or clotts, some times may bleed from surface vessel, and will stop. See your doctor for bleeding. ...Read more

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Bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild now ear is bleeding?

Bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild now ear is bleeding?

Please see below.: Although there can be some bloody ear discharge in the first few days after tube placement, if it's been longer than that or if the bleeding is severe, call the ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What caused the bilateral myringotomy tubes placed on my grandchild 9 months ago one ear to bleed?

Infection: Your grandchild has an ear infection. Instead of the pus in the ear sitting behind the ear drum it is coming out through the tube leading to inflammation and bleeding. It is also possible the area around the tube is infected leading to bleeding. The key is antibiotic ear drops. Contact either the pediatrician or the ENT who put in the tubes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tympanostomy?

What are the symptoms of tympanostomy?

Sometimes none!: Tympanostomy (making a surgical hole in the eardrum) may allow for drainage of any fluid in the middle ear space, so there may be ear drainage afterwards. There can be discomfort after any procedure; the ENT can tell you what to expect and what to do for it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tympanostomy?

It depends;see below: It depends on whether ear tubes were placed in the holes created in the eardrum, and if so, which type of tubes were placed. The ENT doctor doing this procedure can tell you what, if anything needs to be done afterwards. ...Read more

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What to do if my toddler had to get a tympanostomy for getting a lot of ear infections?

What to do if my toddler had to get a tympanostomy for getting a lot of ear infections?

Confusing question: This is a common practice. A kid has 5 ear infections in a given year or one that has not cleared in 90 days. You get the ear fluid and muck sucked out during surgery and tubes placed. Then you wait. Most kids will decrease the frequency of their ear infections. After 6mo or more the tubes may shed, but head growth may have improved Eustachian tube function enough they are not needed. ...Read more

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Does myringotomy hurt?

Doesn't Have To: I typically use a topical phenol solution that can be uncomfortable for a few seconds but then abates. It is applied to the tympanic membrane with a tiny sponge. After the phenol has been applied correctly, the myringotomy can be done and patients rarely feel anything. It's a very quick procedure and can be quite beneficial when medically therapy has failed. ...Read more

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How is a myringotomy performed?

How is a myringotomy performed?

W/ a microscope: A myringotomy is performed on the ear drum in order to drain fluid from the ear or to place an ear tube in the ear drum. With the aid of a microscope, an incision is placed on the ear drum. The doc will place an ear tube if needed. This can be done in the clinic or in the operating room. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myringotomy?

What is Myringotomy: Myringotomy describes the surgical procedure to make a small incision in the ear drum (tympanic membrane), creating a hole to help relieve abnormal pressure in the middle ear and also allow for the drainage of fluid, pus or blood that has accumulated in the middle ear. Ear tubes (ventilating tubes) may be inserted and left in place afterwards to facilitate air exchange across the middle ear. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Busch
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Myringotomy (Definition)

Myringotomy describes the surgical procedure to make a small incision in the ear drum (tympanic membrane), creating a hole to help relieve abnormal pressure in the middle ear and also allow for the drainage of fluid, pus or blood that has accumulated in the middle ear. Ear tubes (ventilating tubes) may be inserted and left in place afterwards to facilitate air exchange ...Read more


Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Tympanostomy (Definition)

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