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Surgery for middle ear infections often means placing a drainage tube into the eardrum of one or both ears. It's one of the most common childhood operations.
Inserting ear tubes (myringotomy or tympanostomy with tube placement):
- May help to relieve hearing problems.
- Helps prevent buildup of pressure and fluid in the middle ear.
- Allows fluid to drain from the middle ear.
- Ventilates the middle ear after the fluid is gone.
- May prevent repeat ear infections