Myringotomy tubes (also called ear tubes) are small tubes that are surgically placed into your child's eardrum by an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Tubes may be placed in your child's ears for several reasons, including:
- Reducing the chance of your child getting ear infections
- Helping drain fluid from behind the eardrum that might be present after ear infections
- Helping restore normal hearing to your child. Hearing is sometimes affected by the fluid from infections and tubes help prevent this hearing loss.
Video: Dr. Martin talks about placing ear tubes in children