Ear Ventilation Tubes

Timothy C. Hain, MD

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Types of Fistulae Figure 1. Ventilation tube placed in ear drum.

Although the technique of myringotomy (putting a hole in the ear drum to improve hearing) dates back to the 1700's, the concept of placing a tube in the ear drum to ventilate the middle ear space began in 1954. It is now one of the most common procedures performed in children.