Over half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children each year. These children are a portion of people who have recurring ear infections that result in hearing loss, speech and balance issues, and poor school performance. When ear infections become chronic they call for ear tubes to be inserted. Ear tubes are cylinder shapes placed in the eardrum to help admit air through the middle ear.
There are two ways to classify ear tubes– short term and long term. A short-term ear tube is the smaller option, which falls out after six to eighteen months. Long-term ear tubes are large with flanges and can be removed by an otolaryngologist or fall out on their own.
A myringotomy is the surgical procedure performed to insert the ear tubes in order to correct the damage done to the eardrum. The insertion of ear tubes can reduce ear infections, fix hearing loss, improve speech and balance issues, and reduce behavior and sleep concerns.
If you or your child are experiencing severe chronic ear infections, please contact one of our patient concierge at 817-332-4060 to schedule an appointment today!