Does My Child Need Ear Tubes?

Ear tubes are small tubes that are inserted into the eardrum to equalize pressure across the eardrum and allow infection and/or fluid to escape from behind the eardrum. Their main purpose is to relieve the pain of ear infections while decreasing the likelihood of contracting future ear infections.


How old does my child have to be to get ear tubes?

While ear tubes may reduce the number of ear infections, they don’t stop infections completely. If your child does get an ear infection while having ear tubes, antibiotic ear drops effectively treat the infection.


How old does my child have to be to get ear tubes?

There is no set age to qualify for ear tubes.

When would my child need ear tubes?

An ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT) may suggest ear tubes if your child has:

• More than three ear infections in six months
• More than four ear infections in a year
• Hearing loss due to fluid build-up


How are the ear tubes inserted?

“Ear tubes are inserted surgically during a 5 - 10-minute outpatient procedure called a myringotomy,” said Dr. Travis Walker, an ENT at McLaren Lapeer Region. “It is performed under general anesthesia and most children can go back to school or daycare the next day.”

Where can I bring my child to see an ENT?

McLaren and Karmanos offer two convenient ENT locations:

•McLaren Lapeer Region Medical Office Building
McLaren Lapeer Region Metamora Community Medical Center

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment to see an ENT, please call (810) 667-7318.

How can I learn more?

To access more information regarding McLaren’s ENT services, visit