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Ear Tube Procedure & Surgery for Children

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What is ear tube surgery?

Ear tube surgery is a medical procedure that involves inserting tiny cylinders into the ear drum to allow airflow into the middle ear. When children experience chronic ear infections that lead to other health issues, this type of surgery may be done to correct the issue and to prevent recurring ear infections.

Why is ear tube surgery performed?

Nearly every child experiences at least one ear infection by the age of five. Most infections resolve on their own or with prescription antibiotics. Sometimes, ear infections and/or middle ear fluid can recur and lead to hearing loss, speech delay, and possibly other issues at school or home. When ear infections lead to other problems, sometimes ear tube surgery is recommended by an ear, nose and throat doctor.

What does ear tube surgery involve?

The ear tube procedure involves inserting two tubes into each ear, which can either be short- or long-term, depending on the child’s symptoms and needs.

  • Short-term tubes are smaller and usually stay in the ear for about 6-18 months, after which they fall out on their own.
  • Long-term tubes are longer tubes that are meant to stay in place for a longer period of time. These tubes might fall out on their own eventually, or may require removal by an ENT doctor.

What are the benefits of undergoing ear tube surgery?

Benefits of undergoing ear tube surgery for children may include:

  • Reduces risk of repeat ear infection
  • Restores hearing loss
  • Improves sleep health
  • Improves school performance
  • Helps resolve speech and balance problems

If your child is suffering from chronic ear infections and may benefit from ear tube surgery, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating ear, hearing, and balance issues. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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