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What are ear tubes for ear infections?

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Ear tubes are like a section of a really tiny drinking straw. They're round, hollow, and usually made of metal or plastic.

Your doctor makes a small opening in the eardrum and puts in the tube to let air into the middle ear.

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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