Mar 04, · Mrs. “H” and her husband had been coming in for their “maintenance” adjustments for quite a while and, during one particular visit, she brought her fifteen-month-old daughter, who was in a seriously poor mood. When asked, Mom said the little girl, Amy, had an ear infection “again” and was going to have the tubes put Continue reading "The Ear Adjustment". May 26, · Adults who are susceptible to ear infections can be inserted to prevent future infections by allowing fluid to drain from the middle ear and keeping the ear ventilated. Chronic ear infections can lead to a recommendation for ear tubes in both adults and children. A medical professional can generally insert ear tubes in adults in an office setting.
Tympanostomy tubes usually stay in place from 6 to 18 months. If they stay in longer than two to three years, they may need to be surgically removed. It is important to have an ear check-up about every six months during this period. An audiogram is usually obtained at some point after the ear has healed. Ear tube surgery (myringotomy) is usually performed while the patient is under general anesthesia (put to sleep). It can also be done in adults with a local anesthetic (the patient remains awake).