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Ear tubes help restore ventilation and drainage of the ear. Ear tube placement often results in:

  • Reduced risk of ear infections
  • Restored or improved hearing
  • Improved speech
  • Improved behavior and sleep problems related to frequent or persistent ear infections

Even with ear tubes, your child may still get an occasional ear infection.

Usually, ear tubes stay in the eardrum for six to nine months and then fall out on their own. Sometimes, a tube doesn't fall out and needs to be surgically removed. In some cases, the ear tube falls out too soon, and another needs to be put in.

April 19, 2016
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