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.
Video: Dr. Martin talks about placing ear tubes in children
Ear 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.