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Pediatric Myringotomy Tubes (Ear Tubes)

Key points about pediatric myringotomy tubes

  • Ear tubes – also known as myringotomy tubes, tympanostomy tubes or ventilation tubes – are small tubes that are surgically placed into your child's eardrum by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon to help drain the fluid out of your child’s middle ear.
  • Children between ages 1 to 3 years old are most likely to need tubes.
  • Your child's behavior, sleep and communication may be better if ear infections were causing problems after getting ear tubes inserted.
  • Getting ear tubes inserted is normally an outpatient procedure. This means that your child will have surgery and then go home that same day.
  • The ear tubes normally fall out in about six months to a year.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

George Zalzal

George Zalzal

Emeritus Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Nancy Bauman

Nancy Bauman

Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic
Otolaryngologist
Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Maria Pena

Maria Pena

Director, Quality Improvement and Safety
Co-Director, Complex Sinusitis Program
Otolaryngologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Senior Vice President, Children’s National Hospital-Based Specialties Center
Otolaryngologist
Departments

Departments

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.

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