What are ear tubes?
Cross Timbers ENT offers ear tubes for adults and children. These devices are tiny, hollow channels that are surgically placed into the eardrum. They are usually made of metal or plastic. Ear tubes are used to drain and ventilate the middle ear to prevent fluid buildup and chronic ear infections. While drainage and ventilation are usually achieved with the Eustachian tube, when this is damaged or not performing properly, an ear tubes may be indicated. To learn more about traditional and pediatric ear tubes, contact our office in Arlington, Mansfield, or Midlothian, TX.
How do ear tubes work?
If you or your child get frequent ear infections, ear tubes may be recommended. During a simple, outpatient procedure, ear tubes are surgically implanted into the ear drum. This surgery is usually performed with local or general anesthesia and generally takes about 5 minutes.
Ear tubes offer a long-lasting solution, but they are temporary. On average, most devices last for 6 months to 2 years. After this time, they'll fall out on their own and the holes will heal naturally without any stitching. Certain types of ear tubes will need to be removed by your doctor, and the holes will need to be patched.
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Expert ear care
Pediatric and adult ear tubes may be an excellent choice for you or your child. Reach out to our Midlothian, Arlington, or Mansfield, TX team to discover more. Our ENT specialists at Cross Timbers ENT look forward to helping you prevent chronic ear infections and regain optimal ear function.