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Ear infection is the second most common childhood illness in the United States. These infections (“otitis media”) are caused when fluid behind the eardrum cannot drain, trapping viruses and bacteria.

5 Signs You May Need Ear Tubes

 

An ear tube (also called a tympanostomy tube) is frequently used to help children who have chronic ear infections.  The procedure can also be helpful for adults, although the surgery is not as common as it is in younger patients.

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How Are Ear Tubes Removed (And Do They Get Stuck?)

​If your child has been plagued with constant ear infection, one of our ear, nose and throat doctors may have suggested ear tube placement.  A myringotomy, or ear tube placement, is an outpatient procedure where an otolaryngologist uses a surgical microscope to make a small incision in the ear drum.It’s not common, but sometimes ear tubes may not fall out on their own or they become stuck in the ear wax in the ear canal.

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Adenoids: What They Are and Why They Can Cause Problems

If you've had your tonsil removed when you were a child, you most likely had your adenoids removed at the same time. While everyone knows where their tonsils are located, many aren’t aware of where their adenoids are and don’t understand the role they play in preventing infection.

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Is It Safe to Fly With an Ear Infection?

As if flying weren’t enough of a pain. It’s stressful dealing with delayed flights, long security lines and lost luggage -- not to mention the passenger beside you who always hogs the arm rest. Add an ear infection and your misery is compounded.
We all know that the takeoff, landing and pressurized cabin make your ears uncomfortable, but what if you have an infection? Will flying with an ear infection damage your hearing?


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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Protecting Your Ears During Cold Weather

Before you shovel snow from your driveway or to take the dog for a walk around the block, you put on a warm winter coat, gloves and maybe a hat. Or perhaps you work outside and are always sure to wear warm boots to ensure your feet are warm and dry.
But what about your ears?

When bundling up for chilly winter weather, don’t forget that your ears also need protection. Failure to do so can lead to conditions associated with hearing loss and ear damage.  Some of these conditions include...

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Why Do Children Get So Many Ear Infections?

Almost every parent knows the stress and anxiety that occurs when your child has an ear infection. It seems like these chronic infections are almost a rite of passage during childhood. While there are several treatments for children who have chronic ear infections, including ear tubes, you may be wondering: Why do children get so many ear infections in the first place?

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How One Procedure Can Save Your Son or Daughter from Childhood Ear Infections

Did you know that otitis media, also known as a middle ear infection, is the most common pediatric illness treated by ENTs? In fact, 3 out of 4 children will have an ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. While many children recover with no complications, otitis media can cause permanent hearing loss if it is left untreated. Learn about the procedure that can help.

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Help For Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections are the second most common childhood illness in the United States. These infections (“otitis media”) are caused when fluid behind the eardrum is unable to drain, trapping bacteria and viruses. Most children will have at least one ear infection before they reach three years of age. But chronic ear infections can lead to hearing loss, and in severe cases, damage the tiny bones within the ear, affect balance or even cause swelling near the brain. Discover the causes of symptoms, and find out how you can get relief!

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Eustachian Tube Problems

What is the Eustachian tube? The Eustachian tube is a narrow tube-like passageway that connects the thimble-sized space behind the eardrum (the middle ear) to the space behind the nose. Its purpose is to provide a way for air to move in or out of the middle ear so that the air pressure in the ear is always equal to the air pressure around us, even with changes in external air pressure. How does the Eustachian tube work? When the Eustachian tube is working perfectly, it is closed and opens only very briefly when we swallow or yawn. There is a pulley-like muscle above the roof of our mouth that pulls it open when we swallow or yawn. Some people can actually hear a “crackling” sound every time this happens. Others hear it only sometimes, while some never hear it. Almost everyone becomes aware of this air movement when their ears finally “pop” during altitude changes such as during airplane flights or while ascending or descending a mountain or high elevator shaft. During th ...

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Ear Tubes

What are ear tubes? Ear tubes, also known as PE tubes or Pressure Equalization tubes, are small cylindrical silicone or plastic tubes that are surgically placed into the ear drum. When are ear tubes necessary? Ear tubes are typically placed for 4 reasons: Recurrent Otitis Media. This is the most common reason for ear tube placement for children between the ages of 1 and 6 years old. Tubes are generally considered for patients who are having 5 or more ear infections per year. Persistent Acute Otitis Media. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are becoming more prevalent and we are seeing more and more ear infections that will not clear with oral antibiotics. If an acute infection is not clearing with 2-3 courses of broad spectrum antibiotics, ear tubes are frequently recommended. Otitis Media with Effusion. Middle ear fluid is common for several weeks following an ear infection. If however, fluid persists for 3 or more months, ear tubes are frequently recommended. Eustachian tube dysfunction. Whi ...

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