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What is ear tube surgery (myringotomy)?

During ear tube surgery, also known as a myringotomy, a tiny tube is inserted into the eardrum. These tubes may be called tympanoplasty tubes, ventilation tubes, myringotomy tubes, or pressure equalization tubes. Ear tubes may be made of metal or plastic.

Once the tube is inserted, fluid that would typically build up behind the eardrum can drain. Ear tubes are often recommended for recurrent ear infections and persistent fluid buildup behind the eardrum.

How long does a myringotomy take?

Does it hurt to have tubes put in your ears?

How long does it take to get your hearing back after a myringotomy?

How long is recovery from ear tube surgery?

What are the side effects of getting tubes in your ears?

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