The picture above show a plastic bobbin tube inserted by a pair of micro cup forceps. The lower right hand insert shows thick glue suctioned from the middle ear cavity. The patient was a five year old who had chronic mucoid otitis meda (glue ear). Indications for ear tubes include:
- The treatment of bilateral chronic serous otitis media being present for at least three months and causes a hearing loss.
- The treatment of recurrent or persistent acute otitis media.
- The treatment of severely retracted eardrums with retraction pocket formation or extreme thinning and retraction of the eardrum (atelectasis).