The ear is divided into three parts: the external ear includes the visible part of the ear the pinna and the ear canal; the middle ear is the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the three middle ear bones the ossicles ; and the inner ear contains the sensory organs of hearing cochlea and balance semicircular canals. The Eustachian tube is a narrow tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose. Normally, the Eustachian tube opens with every swallow or yawn to act as a pressure-equalizing valve for the middle ear.
Myringotomy is a surgical procedure in which a small incision is made in the eardrum the tympanic membraneusually in both ears. The English word is derived from myringa, modern Latin for drum membrane, and tome, Greek for cutting. It is also called myringocentesis, tympanotomy, tympanostomy, or paracentesis of the tympanic membrane.
Ear tube surgery myringotomy is usually performed while the patient is under general anesthesia put to sleep. It can also be done in adults with a local anesthetic the patient remains awake. In some cases, the surgeon may also remove the adenoids glands that are located above the roof of the mouth and behind the nose.
The eustachian tube, or auditory tube, connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx which is the upper part of the throat behind the nose. The tube is situated just above the floor of the middle ear and has triangular to oval shaped opening at both ends. Bone, cartilage, and fibrous tissue makes up the eustachian tube.
Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children—by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode. Most ear infections either resolve on their own viral or are effectively treated by antibiotics bacterial. In these cases, insertion of an ear tube by an otolaryngologist ear, nose, and throat specialist may be considered.
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Ear tubes are tiny, hollow 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. Ear tubes can also be called tympanostomy tubes, ventilation tubes, myringotomy tubes or pressure equalization tubes.
A myringotomy is a procedure to create a hole in the ear drum to allow fluid that is trapped in the middle ear to drain out. In many cases, a small tube is inserted into the hole in the ear drum to help maintain drainage. Hearing loss due to fluid build-up should improve as well.
Synthetic ear tubes are also sometimes called ventilation tubes, ear grommets, or tympanostomy tubes. They are placed inside of the auditory tube in order to hold it open and to allow proper ventilation and drainage of the middle ear. The surgical placement of ear tubes is more common in children than adults because children have a naturally more narrow auditory tube which tends to be at a more horizontal angle than adults.