Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. Children who receive these surgeries are typically between the ages of 1–3. What are ear tubes and how might it help your child? Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat is here to answer your questions.
Many children experience ear infections (also known as Otitis Media), especially between the ages of 6 months and 2 years and the problem can be common until the age of 8.
Ear tubes are small cylinders with a tiny hole through the center that are placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow fluid to drain and relieve pressure.
Ear tubes can help decrease hearing loss and return your child’s hearing to normal as well as reduce chronic ear infections and improve speech delays and articulation. Ear tubes do not eliminate colds or nasal drainage and may not completely remedy all ear infections and illnesses but your child is likely to benefit from quality-of-life health improvements. If your child is having recurrent ear infections, talk to your child’s doctor or contact an ear, nose and throat specialist.