A middle ear infection is caused when a collection of fluid in the middle ear becomes infected with bacteria.
Equally important is the fact that when fluid fills the middle ear, your hearing is dramatically reduced.
For chilldren with middle ear infections, antibiotics are commonly prescribed. However, some children have recurring infections that may require ear tubes to equalize pressure and eliminate future infections. Especially if the infections are impacting the child's health or hearing.
Ear tubes are inserted through the ear drum to allow air into the middle ear. They remain in place for about 1 year and fall out naturally. Our pediatric ENT specialists perform the out patient procedure at our local hospital systems or in our office.