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.
An ear tube insertion is when a doctor inserts tiny tubes, known as for children, who tend to suffer ear infections more often than adults.
Learn about the surgical placement of synthetic ear tubes (also called tympanostomy tubes, ventilation tubes, or grommets) in adults.
Other less common conditions that may warrant the placement of ear tubes are Some older children and adults may also be able to tolerate the procedure.
Learn what the surgery is like, how it helps, and how to get ready. For adults getting ear tubes, your doctor may have similar questions.