Adult ear tubes
March 3, 2007 2:15pm CST
I'm an adult (or so it says on my driver's license) and I had tubes put in my ears nearly 2 years ago. I have an appointment on Monday to evaulate my condition and look at getting my tubes removed. I do have some concerns about this. I had another ear infection 2 weeks ago, and it was a doozy. I'm also still getting leakage and have developed a form of exema in the skin of my middle ear which is being treated. I'm concerned that the tubes have not been as successful as I would have liked. I know that my doctor frequently sees patients who have worse conditions then my own, but I'm concerned about the pain, pressure, popping and leaking that still happens. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can express my concerns to my ENT and have them taken seriously? Would removing the tubes help, or should they stay in? Anyone have a similar condition?
• United States
3 Mar 07
I don't know much about tubes in adults. To tell you the truth I thought they didn't put them in anyone over age 5. Guess I was wrong :o) My brother and my nephew both had tubes to stop ear infections. I don't recall either of them having a large amount of drainage - but every person is different. If your ears are draining with the tubes, you probably should not be having ear infections since most infection are cause by an increase of fluid in the ear. It sounds to me like you feel as if your doctor is not doing enough for you. Address your concerns with him on Monday, but if you feel that he is not giving you answers you need or not enough information, definitely get a second opinion.
• United States
3 Mar 07
I don't know about tubes in ears. My sister and my Mom have both talked about it. But I can give you some advice about how to express your concerns. First, write down your concerns in advance...at home. Write your questions, issues, instances you want explained. Then continue to force the issue. The medical professionals are very stressed, pressured to keep moving from one patient to another. But while you have them with you, you need to keep their attention by asking questions. I think having it written down will show them you are a profsssional, that you have these concerns, your thoughts are organized, you are not just a complainer but really want to know the best answers. And then, accept the fact, that sometimes, even the best medical professional will not know what might or might not happen in the future if a particular action is taken or not taken. Good luck and keep us posted.