Can anyone tell me good/bad/information about putting tubes in ears?

Erin - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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So I just found out on Tuesday that my 9 1/2 month old has had 1 to many ear infections. Now the doctor wants to talk about putting tubes in. Could anyone tell me about the experiances their children have had with tubes? I want it all the good, the bad...I just need to know what we are getting into.

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Katy - posted on 03/06/2014

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I got Ears tubes today I'm 38 Years old I don't know how it's going to help me yet Hopefully it helps me! Do anybody know any Adults had it done?

Hidee - posted on 02/10/2014

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I had tubes in my ears when i was a baby i dont remember them but i am still currently getting ear infection and loss hearing a little bit so im 28 now and gotta go get a tube in my left ear again. Talke a stuffed animal with him

Julie - posted on 06/12/2011

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Too Bri Meints

I had tubes and i have hearing loss they said they cant believe i can hear like i do with how my ears look!!!! Bad experience for me!!!!

Jackie - posted on 05/03/2009

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My nearly 5 year old has his tubes put in last monday. Originally he needed the tubes due to ear infections. After having a hearing test done we found out he had hearing loss and that explained the speech delay. Its only been 7 days and my god what a world of difference. I now wish we had known sooner about the hearing and got this fixed faster. The surgery was less then 10 minutes, and he wasn't in any major pain. We were in the Operating room at noon and home by 1:30 pm. I don't know if the doctors explained this to you or not... concerning the infections its not a cure for infections. But its an ideal solution, if the infections don't stop the child doesn't need to take oral antibotics and the ear drops are a wider span of infections they deal with and less side effects. Also because the tubes are in the infections don't hurt nearly as much if at all. Your baby will be sensitive to sound at first also espeically if they have any on going congestion or the ear drum is retracted. I wish you guys the best of luck!

Erin - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Bri:

Hi,
I am just about in your situation. I have found out that if you dont get it done that your child could have hearing loss in time.



It is true that over time they could have hearing loss.  However I have read the risks of having tubes put it and one of the risks is hearing loss...so no matter what you do it's a scary situation.  I am hoping that everything goes well for you and your child.  After the procedure we should talk and see how are little ones are doing.

Bri - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hi,

I am just about in your situation. I have found out that if you dont get it done that your child could have hearing loss in time.

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son was 1 when he got tubes and it was the best thing that we ever did. He is 3 and they finally fell out 2 months ago. He has not had and ear infection in the 2 yrs that they were in. The only negative thing is that they have to wear ear plugs in the water, but it becomes very normal after a few weeks of putting them in. My son doesn't have to wear them now that his tubes are out, but he still wants them in cause he is use to them.

Amy - posted on 04/30/2009

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I don't know if you are looking for any technical information about tubes, but the purpose of them is to provide a space for the fluid that can build up behind the eardrum (and cause an infection) to drain out of the ear. This is supposed to (hopefully) eliminate or at least seriously decrease the number/severity of ear infections because the fluid won't be sitting in the ear.
Several kids at the daycare where I work have recently gotten ear tubes, and they seem to have made a huge difference for the better for all of them. I also had them when I was about 5 or 6, and they were great for me too.It will be a little scary for you no matter now much you find out about getting them, because this is your little Haylie, but ear tubes are generally a great help for the kids who get them.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009

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The tubes help alot, just ask alot of questions no question is a stupid one when you are talking about you child, both of my older daughters have had them and they help alot. The medication that they give them to make them groggy sometimes has bad effects, i know with my middle daughter she didnt do well it was supposed to take a bit for her to wake up and she just bolted up and cried and wouldnt let me hold her and she was so young that she couldnt tell me what was wrong or how she felt, but with my older daughter it was a breeze she was fine and nothing out of the ordinary, some kids just dont respond well to anthesia is what i was told. But if I had to go thru it all again i would because in the end the tubes make them feel so much better neither one of them has had a ear infection since....

Selena - posted on 04/30/2009

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well, my son never had to get tubes in his ears, but i did when i was young THREE times. They help out. there is not a lot i can tell you other then it will be okay. i remember being scared when i was young, but your baby is so young they wont remember... everything should be fine.

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