Post # 1
DS has his third double ear infection in 3 months. The first two were treated with antibiotics and his ears were clear at followup checks.
I had chronic ear infections 5+ a year for about 8 years, but never got tubes. My mom didn’t even know it was an option until I was starting to outgrow them. I had hearing loss and speech issues because of it.
I don’t want to jump to tubes as a solution, but it is definitely going to be a topic of conversation at DS’s 1 year appointment, or earlier if he has another one before then.
Does anyone have any experience having tubes put in your LO’s ears? How was it brought up, how was the decision made, and what was the outcome?
Post # 3
I can’t advice much but I know my sister got tubes put in her ears when she was little. I know my mom has said that the tubes stopped her re-occuring ear infections and she has no issues now as a 21 year old.
Post # 4
I had tubes when I was really little, I don’t even remember it. I have no lasting side effects. My mom was more worried that I would forget how to swim but either I never forgot how or I re-learned before I really have any collective memory. Apparently you can’t get water in your ears if you have tubes? I dunno- it all worked out for me just fine 🙂 Best of luck!!
Post # 5
Same as @Mrs.KMM: . My brother had tubes as a child. He had multiple day-surgeries though (around 14) to get them removed or put back in. BUT, he has no problems at 19. He last got them put in a few years ago, but he wasn’t completely under “just stoned as f*ck” as he says, but they fell out a year later.
Post # 6
@DaneLady: No, you can’t go under water with tubes in your ears. I remember my brother had to VERY careful when he went swimming. Swimming lessons were a challenge…
Post # 7
I had tubes in both ears as a child, maybe around age 3, since I have some memory of it. I remember getting ear infections all the time, and having to go to have repeated hearing testing done. My parents were pretty anti-intervention when I was a child, so it would have needed to be a pretty big problem for them to agree to the surgery. And it solved the problem, and I have no lasting effects. I could swim as a child, and took lessons, but I had to put special wax in my ears to do so. Not really a big deal. And both of them just fell out within about a year, sometime around age 10.
Post # 8
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DS had tubes put in at 21 months due to chronic ear infections, antibiotic resistance, and a case of mastoiditis (infection of the mastoid cavity behind the ear) that resulted in emergency surgery and a week in the hospital for IV antibiotics. He has permanent hearing loss from all of the ruptured ear drums, and I am pretty sure that all of those long, painful, sleepless nights for those first 21 months did nothing to help him develop healthy sleeping habits. Sleeping is still a struggle for him more than a decade later. I wish I had pushed for tubes much earlier, despite his pediatrician’s hesitance on the issue. Just my .02
FWIW, my nephew (now 22 months) had tubes put in when he was 13 months. He wasn’t babbling a lot before the tubes, but within a week of the surgery he was babbling up a storm and saying his first words shortly thereafter. It could be a coincidence, but we firmly believe that the chronic ear infections were compromising his hearing. Once the tubes were in and the infections lessened, he was finally able to hear clearly and his speech grew by leaps and bounds. It was like a new world was opened for him.
Post # 9
I’m an audiologist who works in an Ear Nose and Throat office. Tubes can be a great solution for kids whose infections don’t respond to antibiotics. We have multiple kids every day have surgery for tubes. It’s a really simple procedure. The only reason the kids have to be put under anesthesia is so they lie perfectly still. Otherwise, like on adults, it can be done in-office. With the critical language development going on from 1-2 years, I would strongly urge you to see a ENT doctor who specializes in children. It is likely that an ear infection is (temporarily) reducing your child’s hearing ability and therefore reducing his ability to take in the speech and language around him. If you have any specific questions, please PM me!
Post # 10
Typically PE tubes are not even an option until your LO has had 4+ ear infections in the past year. At that point you will typically be referred to an ENT by your pediatrician.
Post # 11
I don’t know from a parent’s perspective, but I had tubes put in my ears when I was little and I believe they helped… though I had chronic ear infections to the point where the doctor didn’t even have to see me my mom could just call and he’d fill out a prescription… I almost had to have tubes again afterwards because I still had ear infections constantly…
I don’t know what they put me on but it was a last ditch effort, it was a stronger antibiotic for an extrended period of time… I don’t know if it was me growing or the medicine but I haven’t had an ear infection (besides swimmers ear) since.
As for troubles now that I’m 25… My right ear has some random hearing loss and my ear drums are covered in scar tissue. Doctors have commented that they are surprised I can still hear with all of the scar tissue. The hearing in my right ear might stay the way it is (the only way I can describe it is that regular sounds sound like the scratching of a record needle, sometimes it lasts hours sometimes days.. sometimes I can hear pulsing as well) but most of the time it’s fine… It just depends.
Good luck and I hope your LO doesn’t have to deal with ear infections for much longer!!
Post # 12
@CherryWaves: the wax ear plug stuff was a staple for me at bathtime or swimming. I still shudder at the thought of that stuff!!
Post # 13
I have pretty much the same story as a couple previous posters. Horrible ear infections as a kid. After tubes were put in I remember them not happening at all/as much. Most notably I know my mom always says I had dramatic hearing improvements. For example, she says after I had them put in that I’d ask what the sound of silverware getting moved around was because I hadn’t ever heard it before.
@o0olibelulao0o: Oh yes those wax earplugs, ugh.
Post # 14
I don’t have any kids but I wanted to say that I had tubes put in my ears when I was little. as an adult, I have crazy good hearing. like, almost too good. so they definitely didn’t give me any long lasting harm!
Post # 15
My sister had tubes in her ears when she was 6 years old. The decision was made case it was either that or her going deaf. Her twice a month hospital visits stopped. She only had to worry about wearing ear plugs while swimming.
Post # 16
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and have to second everything that JeniRae stated. It is very important for your son’s hearing to have “clarity”. Otherwise. it is comparable to hearing speech while you are underwater. Since your son is at the stage where language is developing, I would strongly recommend tubes. Find a reputable childhood ENT to perform the procedure. Good Luck!