Young or old, anyone can suffer from ear infections. Typically, surgery is unnecessary, but ear tube placement is sometimes necessary in children (and occasionally in adults) who experience chronic ear infections.
What are ear tubes? How do they help? Are ear tubes painful? Let’s take a look at the answers to some commonly asked questions.
What Exactly Are Ear Tubes?
Ear tubes are very small, hollow cylinders that must be surgically inserted into the eardrum. The tubes are typically made of plastic or metal and usually remain in the eardrum for only a short period of time.
Before recommending ear tubes, your ENT doctor will look for the following:
- Inflammation caused by fluid trapped behind your eardrum
- Hearing loss caused by a middle ear infection
- Persistent ear infections
- Infection that has been resistant to treatment with antibiotics
- An infection that has led to the tearing of your eardrum
How Are Ear Tubes Inserted?
Ear tubes are inserted with a procedure called a myringotomy. Using a microscope, your doctor will make a small incision in your eardrum. Any trapped fluid is released, and your ear tube is then inserted.
A myringotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that requires anesthesia and takes around a half hour. You’ll be able to go home immediately following treatment.
Are Ear Tubes Painful?
After having an ear tube inserted, there may be some pain though the procedure itself shouldn’t hurt at all due to the anesthesia. You might notice it more when chewing, burping, or yawning. You might also experience a popping or pulsing sensation, as well as clicking in the ear.
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Now that you have an answer to your question, “Are ear tubes painful,” there is no reason to worry. With our team, you’re guaranteed compassionate, high-quality, safe care.
If you would like to learn more about ear tubes and how to treat ear infections, please contact our office today at 703-448-0005 to book your appointment!