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4 Signs You May Need Ear Tubes

When a person has recurring ear infections, it can result in hearing loss, speech and balance issues, and poor school/work performance. When ear infections become chronic, ear tubes are often the best resolution. Ear tubes are tiny cylinders that are inserted into the ear canal, creating an airway that ventilates the middle ear and prevents the accumulation of fluids. 

Here are 4 signs you may need ear tubes:

Frequent Ear Infections

If you have recurring ear infections, ear tubes may be the best treatment option for you. A chronic ear infection occurs when there is fluid, swelling or an infection behind the eardrum that doesn’t go away or continues to come back. Recurring ear infections can occur from a multitude of reasons ranging from allergies, sinusitis, ear injuries and bacterial infections. 

Common symptoms of a chronic ear infection include:

  • Ear pain or discomfort
  • Fever, usually low-grade
  • Pus-like drainage from the ear
  • Hearing loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is another common sign that it may be time for ear tubes. Hearing loss often occurs gradually as you age. However, other causes of hearing loss include:

  • Damage to the inner ear from aging and exposure to loud noise
  • Gradual buildup of earwax
  • Ear infection
  • Abnormal bone growths or tumors
  • Ruptured eardrum

Eustachian Tube Disorders

The eustachian tubes are small passageways that run between the middle ear and the throat. These tubes can get blocked for a number of reasons and can cause the air pressure in your ears to change. There are three types of eustachian tube disorders, including:

Loss of Balance

If you’ve ever felt dizzy, lightheaded or as if the entire room was spinning around you, you may have balance problems. Balance problems are often caused by disturbances of the inner ear. 

One of the most common balance disorders is vertigo. Vertigo occurs when the cupula receives unnecessary pressure from the semicircular canals in the inner ear and cannot send the correct information to the brain. 

It’s important to understand what is causing your ear pain and how you can manage it. If you’re experiencing chronic ear pain, make an appointment with Dr. Marc Dean at the Ear and Sinus Institute today!

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