Ear tubes are known by many names including tympanostomy tubes, ear-ventilating tubes, or most often PE (pressure equalizing) tubes. These tiny hollow tubes are made of soft plastic, often shaped like small sewing bobbins. PE tubes reduce the number of ear infections by letting air into and draining fluid out of the middle ear. Keeping this fluid out of the middle ear can help bring back normal hearing. The small tubes that are used do not cause hearing loss or long-term damage to the eardrum.

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