Reasons for Ear Tubes Surgery

When your doctor informs you that you need the Ear Tubes Surgery procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Ear Tubes Surgery is Performed


Alternate Names for Ear Tubes Surgery:
Myringotomy
Tympanostomy
Tympanotomy

Reasons for Procedure

A myringotomy may be done:

  • To help treat an ear infection that is not responding to medical treatment
  • To restore hearing loss caused by fluid build-up and to prevent delayed speech development caused by hearing loss in children
  • To take sample fluid from the middle ear to examine in the lab for the presence of bacteria or other infections
  • To place tympanostomy tubes-These tubes help to equalize pressure. It may also help prevent recurrent ear infections and the accumulation of fluid behind the ear drum.

After the procedure, pain and/or pressure in the ear due to fluid build-up should be alleviated. Hearing loss due to fluid build-up should improve as well.




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