An Editorial from The VMguy:
When I was 5 years old my mother took me to a Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor because I was having trouble hearing. The doctor sat me down and looked at my ears and saw fluid behind my eardrums. He put a set of tubes in my ears (still a very common practice today) to drain the fluid and sent me on my way. I remember how much better I could hear almost immediately. "I was cured", I thought. What a great doctor I have! "These tubes will fall out on their own in about a year," my doctor told me. "You won’t even know when."
I can assure you that they did fall out about a year after they were put in. I know this because my hearing problem came back again. This is also somewhat common as some children need a second treatment before they grow out of this typically childhood issue. Again my mother took me into my ENT for his diagnosis. He responded with the same diagnosis and treatment. Another set of tubes was inserted in my ears and I was on my way. This process continued for the next 20 years with the same doctor inserting over 7 sets of tubes in my ears. Continue reading »