Testing & Diagnosis for Myringotomy (Ear tubes) in Children

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The insertion of ear tubes may be recommended by your child's physician and/or an ear, nose, and throat physician if your child has:

  • fluid in the ears for more than three or four months following an ear infection
  • fluid in the ears and more than three months of hearing loss
  • changes in the actual structure of her eardrum from ear infections
  • a delay in speaking
  • repeated ear infections that do not improve with antibiotics over several months

Once placed, ear tubes are usually successful in significantly reducing ear infections—or eliminating them altogether. Most children will get one or two infections a year, and the infected pus typically drains on its own, thanks to the opening created by the tubes.

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