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Good morning Fools!

I am a new poster here but a long time Fool. I just wanted to comment on my experiences with having a tube put in my ear as a grownup so that parents can know what their little ones are experiencing. They can't speak for themselves but know that they are miserable. I hope that this will help parents keep them comfortable.

I had a tube in my left ear 7 years ago at age 48 to alleviate a blocked eustachian tube and I'm about to undergo the procedure again. I have trouble hearing because of the blockage, and the ear is sore.

A warm therapy pack from "Grandpa's Garden" is very helpful for the soreness. It goes in the microwave to warm up - 45 seconds is long enough; you want it just a little warmer than body temperature, not hot. It would be nice to find one that is not too heavy for a child - the one I have is very heavy. This is much, much better than an electric heating pad. I do this before the tube is put in - after the procedure I find I do not need it.

Cold weather really, really bothers my ear when the tube is in there, so be sure to wrap their little heads when it's cold - even if it seems to be just a little cool outside put on a soft hat that covers their ears.

Loud noises are really loud with the tube inside my ear. Take care that you do not expose children to noisy places. This will be very, very bothersome to them. I know - good luck! Most places I've been to with children are super noisy.

Last time I had it done I could hear better immediately, so I am looking foward to having it done again and getting that relief.

I just felt I had to say something, since I remember how painful my ear was when I was small and had constant problems with my ears.


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