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Procedure - Ear Infection

What are middle ear infections and how do they occur?

The middle ear is a small pocket of air found behind the eardrum. Middle ear infections occur when germs get into the middle ear; your body then responds by filling the middle ear with germ-fighting fluid (pus). Normally, this fluid would drain through the tube that connects the middle ear to the throat (the eustachian tube). However, if the eustachian tube is too small or otherwise obstructed, the fluid might fail to drain properly. When the fluid builds up, it can cause significant discomfort and pain. This is called an ear infection (or otitis media).

Because of their smaller eustachian tubes, most children will experience at least one middle ear infection between the ages of six month and five years.

Symptoms of an ear infection may include:

  • Fever
  • Hearing loss
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Rubbing or pulling the ears
  • Fluid leaking from the ear
  • Change in sleep pattern or appetite

Some children might be more prone to developing ear infections due to lifestyle and environmental factors. Factors that increase the likelihood of developing ear infections include exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, taking a bottle to bed, or attending a group childcare.

If your child experiences three or more ear infections in a calendar year, or if she shows signs of speech delay or hearing loss, she may be a candidate to receive ear tubes.

What are ear tubes and what do they do?

Ear tube surgery is a very common procedure at Ogden Clinic (often lasting less than ten minutes) in which pressure equalization tubes are inserted into the eardrum to help ventilate and equalize the pressure in the middle ear. These pressure equalization tubes help to prevent future buildup of fluid and infections of the middle ear. They will also help normalize hearing. Your child will be able to return home shortly after the procedure. Depending on the type of ear tube used, it will remain in place for six to 18 months or longer.

John  Allred, DO, Pediatrics,  Grand View

Allred, John, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Elisabeth  Anderson, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Men's Health,  Professional Center North

Anderson, Elisabeth, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3011
Douglas  Anderson, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy, Speech Pathology,  Professional Center North

Anderson, Douglas, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3070
Nadim  Bikhazi, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy, Speech Pathology,  Professional Center North

Bikhazi, Nadim, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3075
Joshua  Bradshaw, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy,  Mountain West ENT Layton - Ogden Clinic, Mountain West ENT Bountiful - Ogden Clinic

Bradshaw, Joshua, MD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-776-2180
Laurel  Brewer, AuD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Speech Pathology, Audiology,  Professional Center North

Brewer, Laurel, AuD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3082
Edward  Brown, MD, Pediatrics,  Professional Center North

Brown, Edward, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3130
Jason  Church, MD, Pediatrics,  Mountain View

Church, Jason, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Brad  Clark, DO, Pediatrics,  West Point

Clark, Brad, DO
145 S 3000 W
West Point, UT
801-475-3960
Dustin  Havey, PA-C, Pediatrics,  Canyon View

Havey, Dustin, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Colby  Mitchell, PA-C, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy, Speech Pathology,  Professional Center North

Mitchell, Colby, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3070
Matthew  Naegle, DO, Pediatrics,  Canyon View

Naegle, Matthew, DO
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Molli  Neilson, PA-C, Ear, Nose & Throat,  Professional Center North

Neilson, Molli, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3075
Jeffrey  Ryan, PA-C, Pediatrics,  Mountain View

Ryan, Jeffrey, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
John R Siddoway, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy, Speech Pathology,  Professional Center North

Siddoway, John, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3075
Tykie  Skedros, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy,  Mountain West ENT Layton - Ogden Clinic, Mountain West ENT Bountiful - Ogden Clinic

Skedros, Tykie, MD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-295-5581
Curt  Stock, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy, Speech Pathology,  Mountain West ENT Layton - Ogden Clinic, Mountain West ENT Bountiful - Ogden Clinic

Stock, Curt, MD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-295-5581
Megan  Walker, CCC-SLP, Ear, Nose & Throat, Speech Pathology,  Professional Center North

Walker, Megan, CCC-SL ...
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3083
Bryan  Wilcox, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat, Allergy,  Mountain West ENT Layton - Ogden Clinic, Mountain West ENT Bountiful - Ogden Clinic

Wilcox, Bryan, MD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-295-5581
Zane  Williams, PA-C, Pediatrics,  Mountain View

Williams, Zane, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600