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.
Prob not. Depends how done. Usually not. Obviously if patient asleep no pain. If awake, some discomfort with anesthesia used.
No. For an adult... Very simple.. Little to no pain. For a child very little to no pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) after the procedure is fine and children are usually back to normal activity several hours after the procedure.

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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...

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

Limited. Tube placemnt (myringotomy and tympanostomy tube placement) is a very common procedure with very low risks. The only real "problem" that could develop is that when the tube comes out, the hole that it is in.. Does not close. You would then have a hole in the ear drum (perforation). This can easily be repaired. Overall, very safe and effective procedure - and simple. Read more...
No. There are really no serious complications with placeme nt of uncomplicated pe tubes. Mild discomfort post op. Read more...

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...
Ear tubes. Yes but not that easily, in my experience. It will depend on the thickness of the middle ear fluid. Most ear fluids drain as easily as that from a runny nose. Read more...

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...
Depends on kid. Short barbell like tubes the size of a bb shot are often the only tube a kid would ever need. Some kids with a long term need for tubes will extrude the regular ones quicky & a longer t-tube style will tend to stay longer. The outside diameter & inside window of the tube are limited by how big a hole you can create in the ear drum & expect it to heal over after tube is gone. Read more...

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...