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Pediatric Myringotomy Tubes (Ear Tubes)

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.

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    Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

    Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.