Glue ears, severe hearing loss, a retraction in the tympanic membrane, Down's syndrome and cleft palate may require the insertion of the grommet into the ear drums as these problems may cause various problems to the child. They may interfere with the day to day life of the child. Ear infections can be minimized by Grommet insertion treatment and is done by a specialist ENT. The ear grommets are small plastic tube like structures which are inserted into the ear drums using a small surgical procedure. This procedure is done under general anesthesia. The duration of this procedure is around 10 to 15 minutes. The child can be taken home after the effects of anesthesia are gone. These tubes, after being inserted into the ear make sure that there is air circulation in the eardrum and that there is no fluid formation. This reduces the risk of infections. The pain after the surgery is very less. Sometimes there is no pain at all. There might be ear discharge and noises may seem louder than usual. This will get back to normal in a short duration. The grommets come out by themselves after a period of 9 to 18 months. Ear drops and antibiotics may have to be taken to avoid ear blockage. Care should be taken as to not let water into the ear drum as this may cause infections. Regular monitoring by the doctor is necessary after the operation. This treatment is beneficial and result in the elimination of ear infections and recovery from glue ears.
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