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What are the pros and cons of using ear tubes to cure ear infections?

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My son has had bout after bout of ear infections and although our doctor says that this is common for toddlers, I’m concerned how this may affect his hearing long-term. Would you recommend ear tubes? And if so, what are the benefits and potential draw backs of such a treatment?

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

There are two basic types of ear tubes:

1. Short Term – Short-term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own.

2. Long Term – Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time. Long-term tubes may fall out on their own, but removal by an otolaryngologist may be necessary.

Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. Ear infections can also be present in teens and adults and can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, or changes in the structure of the ear drum.

You can find more information about this treatment on this page.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at 832-237-7777 today!

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1 Answer

0

Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

There are two basic types of ear tubes:

1. Short Term – Short-term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own.

2. Long Term – Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time. Long-term tubes may fall out on their own, but removal by an otolaryngologist may be necessary.

Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. Ear infections can also be present in teens and adults and can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, or changes in the structure of the ear drum.

You can find more information about this treatment on this page.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at 832-237-7777 today!