Key points about pediatric myringotomy tubes
- Ear tubes – also known as myringotomy tubes, tympanostomy tubes or ventilation tubes – are small tubes that are surgically placed into your child's eardrum by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon to help drain the fluid out of your child’s middle ear.
- Children between ages 1 to 3 years old are most likely to need tubes.
- Your child's behavior, sleep and communication may be better if ear infections were causing problems after getting ear tubes inserted.
- Getting ear tubes inserted is normally an outpatient procedure. This means that your child will have surgery and then go home that same day.
- The ear tubes normally fall out in about six months to a year.