Ear Tubes

Charity - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I think we are going to end up having tubes put in my daughter's ears. Can anyone tell me what to expect?

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Misty - posted on 05/05/2010

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My oldest son, now almost 22, had 3 different sets of tubes starting at the age of 2 and ending about the age of 9. They helped him tremendously and he has had no loss of hearing what-so-ever.

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2010

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Think twice and consult a lot. Tubes are no big deal for the surgery. My son has had them 3 times now. All surgeries were done before he was 3. Now 7 years later at the age of 10, he has a fluctuating hearing loss from the scar tissue and damage in his ear drums. This has been hard as it has led to problems in school with learning and other issues. Since that happened, he has now been diagnosed with an Auditory processing disorder from the emotion and physical problems that it caused once the surgeries were completed. Check into everything and your gut has to be 100% into it. On the other hand, not doing anything about can cause just as much damage.

Cecilia - posted on 04/21/2010

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I raised my both boys in the Netherlands. It is EXTREMELY common to have tubes put in over there. It is a very easy procedure ... and it seems to have a positive effect...they do fall out ... but overall, i've only heard positive things.

Tracy - posted on 04/21/2010

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honestly, it's really no big deal. my youngest has had 3 sets of tubes. his first was when he was not even a year old. they get in, get it done and it's way better than having all the ear infections and staying up all night with a crying child. hope all turns out well. my thing is, take the child to a "real" hospital, we live kinda in a rural area, and i always take him to the city for anything like that. good luck.

Shelly - posted on 04/20/2010

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Tubes for our son worked great. Get the ear plugs for bath time, swimming etc. The waxy, putty type ones worked really well.

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Tara - posted on 01/29/2011

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My daughter has had them twice and is going into for the third set.. She still gets ear infections, but they don't last as long, and we don't have to give her as many oral antibiotics now, because they go directly into the ear using a medicine called cipodex.

Cecilia - posted on 04/22/2010

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again, i have not had PERSONAL experience .. but plenty of near-by experience... no one that i know of had resulting hearing loss ... the tubes basically facilitate drainage so that it doesn't have a chance to fester and get infected ... keep asking!

Nicki - posted on 04/21/2010

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Im just wanting to know what are tubes?? As a baby i was unwell with my chest with mucus and caused me to have heaps of ear problems as baby, then when i was 5 i got my first hearing aid, At 11 and 12 years of age i got skin draughts on both ears actifical eardrums. I wounder if tubes is a new thing? I think they can prevent hearing lose more these days and if they say use tubes then go for it.

Delena - posted on 04/21/2010

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dont get tubes go to a pediatrician called DR Lubitz in the childrens hospital, and get some tablets called singular and they take one per day and it helps dry up the mucas. They stay on this for some time, but it works and they don't need the operation. With the operation, there is always a risk because of a general anesthetic and also many times the grommets can fall out of place, because as the child grows they move so then you have to have them redone.

Malissa - posted on 04/20/2010

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My 16 year old had tubes in both ears at 9 months old . He hasn't had anymore ear problems..They fell out about 6 months latter we found one on a pillow the other one never found it.they were very helpful ..Hope this helps u.. GOOD LUCK..

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I had tubes put into my daughters ears because she had so many ear infections. She was in 1st grade and lived most of her life on antibiotics. Along with that, her adenoids were taken out because although she was very young, she snored like a truck driver. She was doing poor in school because she didnt hear the teacher. I asked her what she heard and she did the Charlie Brown teacher speech. Once she had the tubes in, no more snooring and she was able to hear. She was behind in comprehending but I had her placed in a Reading program for one year and she is now a bright 13 year old. One thing to look out for is the dr. told me that the tubes will come out in about a year, if they dont come and see me and we'll get them out. Took her in for the 1 year exam and was told they had fallen out. Not so, she pulled one of them out a year after that - so one tube was still in at 2 years after the surgery.

Ericka - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was so nervous when my son got tubes. He was 3 1/2 and is now 6. It was so quick and easy. He got to wear his own clothes and suck on his pacifier. The tubes were in less than 10 minutes and he was is recovery. They stayed in for one year before they fell out.

Kathy - posted on 04/20/2010

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If she is young, she will go in and be put under general antesia, they clean any wax out, slit the ear drum, suction any extra fluid out, then put the tube in. The doctor puts antiobiotic drops in and a cotton ball. She will then be given time to wake up then get to go home with some ear drops. She will have a followup appointment a week or two later. She will have to wear earplugs for bathes and swimming. My husband just had a tube in his ear and becua of his age, he was awake for the prosedure. It was very interesting to watch. He is amazed by what he can hear now and the difference in te pressure in his ear. She may react to sounds lie he does. He is always having to investigate sounds now-like when the neighbors take out the garbage. LOL

Crystal - posted on 04/20/2010

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I am an audiologist, my office does tubes all the time on children with ear infections. She may have drainage for a few days after the surgery...that's normal, its just the infection coming out. The surgery takes about 2 minutes per ear, you are looking at a total of about 30 min to an hour with anethesia. The tubes will stay in 6 months to a year and fall out on their own and during that time, you will see huge improvements...no more ear infections, better hearing, and clearer speech. There is absolutely no reason not to do it if you have a good ENT or otologist.

Kerrie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had them placed in my ears as a small child, and also had my tonsils removed, (which they don't do as often anymore!), but have had no residual effects as a result. If they have been recommended, don't think twice, and go for it, ear plugs in the bath and swimming is only a minor hassle, for a short period of time!! :) all the best :)

Renee - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had 9 sets between 7-24.it's a quick surgery.She will feel so much better afterwards.It helps pain/pressure and hearing.Once she's asleep it takes about 15 mins.My ears don't drain properly.Remember it not only cuts down infections constant fliud pressure can result in deafness if the eardrum ruptures.
I hope they help her.It's no fun having your ears bother you.

Joanne - posted on 04/20/2010

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Our son who is going to be 30 this yr...had them put in when he was two yrs old...if i remember they stayed in for about 9 months, they work their own out with a ball of wax around it...sounds dumb but i still have one of them saved on a safety pin...cleaned of coarse lol, anyhow he did great about a 15min operation, had to be carefull not to allow him to submerg his head ..so if he went swimming i put a pair of ear plugs in...he did very well and no more ear infections....hope this helps...

Sue - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son has had glue ear since he was tiny. He is now 10 and has had 5 lots of grommets and now has T-tubes. His body has rejected them faster with each successive set. The T-tubes are supposed to stay in longer but he seems to have gone deaf in one ear again. Swimming is a problem and he has to wear earplugs but then can't hear when people talk to him. It is easier to get ear infections with grommets in and oral antibiotics do not seem to work. The doctor at the hospital told us that he would need drops but the GP doesn't listen and always prescribes oral antibiotics. When the grommets are in place it is great and he can hear well. He has had no problems with any of the operations but he does have a lot of scar tissue and everytime the doctor says he can't have any more fitted because of this. I would definitely recommend having it done.

Leigh - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had multiple ear infections as a toddler/young kid and had 3 different sets of tubes by the time I started elementary school. I have had no lasting problems from them and haven't had an infection since I was a little kid. I do remember having to get my hearing check every 6months when I was little b/c of the infections and I do know that I now have scar tissue in my ears, but have no hearing loss/problems. All the tubes do is help the ear drain the fluid that is built up in it.

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I was so nervous just due to the fact it was surgery on Mom's boy! Let me tell you though we walked tot he waiting room and by the time we picked out a magazine and sat down doctor was right there telling us he was all done and everything went well. It was quick and Jacob did not seem to be in any pain at all just groggy.
Not one ear infection since and February was 1 year. The only thing I hate is the ear plugs. Such a pain in the butt but, it becomes second nature once you get used to it. be sure to get a headband to hold them in they are great! We got Jake's right at the ENT docs when we went for his follow-up.
Good Luck and please don't worry. The pain of ear infections is much worse than this.

Iridescent - posted on 04/18/2010

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It's quite worth doing when it's necessary. My son had them placed at 1.5 and again at 2. They also had to correct his ear canals and remove scar tissue because his ear infections had caused him to go deaf. Now he is doing great with hearing at 8 years old. My husband and I both NEED them, but cannot afford them. I've had ear infections all my life, and my parents didn't bother with the recommendation for tubes. Now I'm an adult with less than 40% of my hearing in both ears and continual infections. My husband has constant ear infections as well and is completely deaf some days.

Catherine - posted on 04/18/2010

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My daughter had them and was going to have them put in again (sometimes they come out...my daughter's did) Well, before we went for our second appt. a friend told me about an old wives tale, and it worked...no more ear infections and no more tubes. We took her completely off of regular milk, no soy milk either...use rice milk (RiceDream), and no orange juice at all. This or just fate kept my daughter from getting another ear infection for a year...then we started letting her have milk again. That was eight years ago and we are still ear infection free. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter will be 3 in June. She had tubes put in this past december. I have seen improvement since she has had them in. She isn't sick all the time now. They dont bother her. Unfortunitly she is 4 to 6 months behind in her speech b/c she couldn't hear. But we have her in speech theorpy stating in 2 weeks, so she can catch up. So the sooner the better if daughter needs them. Good luck.

Alyssa - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son had them put in. It was an easy process. They fall out on their own. Supposedly. but we had to go in and have one of my sons taken out. The hardest part was watching him roll away on the stretcher and then waking up and coming off the meds. Just dont get water in his ears. Use cotton for baths.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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Getting ear tubes is harmless. There have been many surgical innovations since Laura K's husband had tubes, so I wouldnt start freaking out about ONE person having complications from them YEARS down the road. A myringotomy (ear tubes) is a very simple procedure that will take about 10 to 15 minutes. They wont put her completely down or intubate her. They wont even have to start an IV.



Im a surgical technologist and have assisted in many myringotomies. What they are going to do is very simple. They will put her to sleep, clean her ears, then cut a tiny hole in her tympanic membrane. They will then insert the tubes in a manner that if they come out, they will fall out of her ear instead of getting pushed in. They will put antibiotic drops in her ear afterwards and put a piece of cotton in it. Easy. They are put in to help drain any fluid or infection behind the tympanic membrane. It will help your daughter....not hinder her. Like I said, this is the simplest of procedures and you have nothing to worry about. Dont let other people scare you.

Theresa - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son had them put in when he as 1 1/2. He had cronic ear infections before then. Since the tubes he's had no problems at all. He's now 11. I've never heard of problems in adulthood from tubes as a child. I know my cousin had them in as a child. He's now in his 30's and never had problems. I'd ask yor doc about that possibility. Medical procedures are much different and better now than they were 20- 30 years ago. The only thing that's a bit of a pain is that as long as the tubes are in the child has to have ear plugs in while swimming. Not really that big of deal once the kid gets used to it.

Briana - posted on 04/07/2010

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how old is she. the yonger they r the better. that day cassidy was up running around. she was just 1. she started walking 2 weeks later. putting the tubes is takes about 15min. its really fast and they just sudate them. not put them all the way under. u can tell when they have an infection with the tubes. its like buggers coming out of her ears. and if she does have infections use the eye drops for the ears. it sounds weird but that worked the best. i did that the 1st 3 times ans didnt have anymore problems after. they say dont put them in water but just make sure thier head isnt submerged. but water over the head for baths and swimming is fine. cassidy had her 1st set in for almost 2 years then they fell out. she had infections again and problems hearing without them. we put a second set in and they were in for 2 month b4 they fell out. that was january. no problems since!!!!!!

Trashaune - posted on 04/07/2010

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my son got tubs placed in his ears and the procedure was quick and painless and his ear infections reduceds since the procedure

Karen - posted on 04/07/2010

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Will these be permanent? My son Gabriel had them put in along with getting his eye ducts closed. He was constantly draining from eyes, nose, and ear infections. When these were done an in place, he was a much happier little boy. It was an easy procedure and pulled through with ease. The tubes do fall out at some point on there own. Gabs had his in till about 6 months ago from 2007. Well one of them that we know of. Other than that, I hope that gave you some idea or expectations of what is to come. Good luck Charity with your daughter. God be with you.

Laura - posted on 04/07/2010

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Some doctors won't tell you the bad side affects to expect down the road! My hubby got tubes when he was a little kid. To this day, he has problems because of them! Maybe they help in the beginning, but as a teen and adult your ears can have lasting problems. My husband is prone to the most horrible and painful ear infections. A doctor recently told him the tubes caused the infections Try to research it before you do it. Maybe there's an alternitive for your daughter. Good luck!

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