Ear infections (otitis media) are the most common infections requiring treatment in young children. When a child experiences multiple ear infections ear tubes may be recommend by and ENT Doctor. Ear tubes (tympanostomy tubes, ventilation tubes, pressure equalization tubes) are tiny cylinders, usually made of plastic or metal, that are surgically inserted into the eardrum. An ear tube creates an airway that ventilates the middle ear and prevents the accumulation of fluids behind the eardrum.
Learn more about ear tubes by checking out this article by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Ear Tubes: Patient Health Information.