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Myringotomy tubes (also called ear tubes) are small tubes that are surgically placed into a child's eardrum by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist.
Ear tube placement is one of the most common surgical procedures done in children. If a child has frequent ear infections or has hearing or speech problems related to fluid and infections in the ears, surgical insertion of an ear tube by an ENT specialist may be considered.
Video: Dr. Martin talks about placing ear tubes in children
Ear tubes may be placed in your child's ears for several reasons, including:
- Reducing the chance of your child getting ear infections
- Helping drain fluid from behind the eardrum that might be present after ear infections
- Helping restore normal hearing to your child. Hearing is sometimes affected by the fluid from infections and tubes help prevent this hearing loss.