Grommets, also known as ventilation tubes or tympanostomy tubes, are very small tubes that are placed in the patient’s ear during a surgical procedure. Grommets are inserted through a small hole to treat conditions such as chronic middle ear infections and adhesive otitis media. Ear adhesions are usually associated with pain and fluid accumulation in the middle ear, which can cause hearing problems. The ear grommet allows air to pass through the eardrum and keeps the air pressure equal on both sides. The surgeon makes a small hole in the eardrum and places the grommet in the hole. This small tube usually stays in place for six to twelve months and does not cause any discomfort, and after this period it falls by itself and leaves no trace in the eardrum.l
How does Grommet work?l
To place the grommet in the middle ear, first an incision is made on the eardrum, the fluid or infection in the middle ear is drained by the surgeon, and then the grommet is placed in the incision. The procedure in which grommet is performed is known as myringotomy. The time of this operation is short and lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. As mentioned earlier, when the Eustachian tube is blocked and airflow is not flowing to the middle ear, ear function and hearing are impaired and sticky ear disease occurs. Using an ear grommet in these cases is the best solution for ventilation and removal of ear infections. After being placed in the ear, the grommets, through the existing small holes, cause air exchange and balance in different areas of the ear. They also eliminate ear infections. It actually acts as an artificial eustachian tube.