Ear Tube Placement

As one of the most common procedures in the United States, ear tube placement is indicated to stop the need for recurrent antibiotics therapy for ear infections, to reduce ear pain in your child, and to ensure normal speech and hearing development.

Dr. Seicshnaydre also explores the underlying reason for the recurrent ear infections. He helps parents and children learn more about allergy and Gastro Esophageal reflux, both of which are often underlying causes of recurrent ear infections.

The procedure is done in 5 to 10 minutes under general anesthesia and using a microscope. Only rarely is there any discomfort following the procedure. After the procedure, you can expect a substantial decrease in the number of ear infections, and need for antibiotic treatment.

Usually parents report with better quality sleep in their children (and the parents too!), and that their child begins talking with improved speech clarity.

The pink colored lining of the space behind the eardrum, like the inside your mouth, is respiratory mucosa, identical to the lining of the nose and lungs. It reacts to exposures when the other respiratory mucosa reacts.

In asthma and allergic children, you can expect the ears to drain after tube placement, if the nose starts draining from allergy or during substantial flares of asthma. Flares of asthma, with or without ear symptoms, should be evaluated with a lung exam by your child’s pediatrician.

Dr. Seicshnaydre will monitor the ear tubes while they are still in the eardrum, at certain intervals, until they come out naturally. The majority of tubes usually fall out of the ear drum and ear canal over a range of six months to two year.

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