Tubes: why do some children need them in their ears?

Updated: May 7, 2021

Fluids are good for our children’s bodies…but not their hearing. There are several reasons why an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor may recommend a myringotomy; putting small tubes through the eardrums of young children. These include:

  • Re-occurring ear infections

  • Fluid buildup in ears

How is that related to us here and Andalusia Speech Therapy? Well, if a young child is still learning how to speak, they need to be able to hear language around them clearly in order to learn it. When there is excess fluid in a child’s ears, they cannot hear clearly, and often develop incorrect or delayed speech and language skills as a result. So ear tubes may actually help combat communication difficulties!

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The Procedure: Prevalence

Ear tubes are very common in young children. In 2018, 1 out of 15 children had gone through the procedure by the age of 3.

The Procedure: What’s Involved

A myringotomy involves a doctor making a small incision into the eardrum of the child and placing small plastic tubes through the openings. These tubes allow pressure to be equalized across the eardrum and lets excess fluid drain from where it accumulated behind the eardrum. Essentially, the tubes are mini ventilation systems!

The procedure itself is generally short an