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How do ear tubes help for ear infections?

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The tubes act as small windows for the ear. They help air flow into the ear, which keeps pressure even and helps the ear drain better. With better airflow, fluid won’t build up and bacteria won’t have such a friendly home. If your child has hearing loss from fluid build-up, it goes away as soon as the tubes are in.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear infection (middle ear),” “Ear Tubes.”

NIH, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Ear Infections in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear infection (middle ear),” “Ear Tubes.”

NIH, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Ear Infections in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 1, 2018

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