Ear Tube Placement (BMT) in Tampa and Spring Hill, FL
Fluid build-up inside the Eustachian tubes may result in hearing loss, problems with balance, speech problems, and other conditions. As specialists in the field of ENT treatments, our board-certified Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeons may recommend ear tube placement (BMT) to enhance drainage in the Eustachian tubes. Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists is a leading provider of ear tube placement (BMT) in the Tampa, Spring Hill and neighboring areas of Florida.
Ear Tubes — Bilateral Myringotomy and Tubes (BMT)
The Eustachian Tube or Auditory Tube
The Eustachian tube functions as the middle ear’s pressure relief valve. Problems with the Eustachian tube can lead to pressure buildup or fluid inside the middle ear, which may lead to chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and problems with speech development and balance. Bilateral Myringotomy and Tubes, or BMT, may be recommended if the condition is unresponsive to medical intervention.
Ear Tubes Placement — Bilateral Myringotomy and Tubes (BMT)
The BMT procedure involves the creation of a tiny opening inside the eardrum to help fluid drain, resulting in the relief of ear pressure. A tube is inserted into the opening to keep it open. The tube stays in place for six months or more and normally falls out on its own. The six-month period of time is usually what is required for the Eustachian tube to adjust, allowing for normal drainage. When the tubes are present, your hearing will improve, and you will have fewer ear infections.
The procedure is often used in treating children with middle ear infections that do not respond to treatment. It is also used for lingering middle ear fluid and speech delays or hearing loss caused by frequent infections.
The type of tubes used are manufactured with surgical plastic and have two forms: short term and long term. The short term tubes are small and normally remain in place for about six months and fall out of the ear without intervention. The long term tubes are large and remain in place for a number of years. Long term tubes tend to be used for patients who require longer ventilation times for their ear. In some cases, long tubes dislodge without surgery, but most patients require a surgical procedure to remove the long tubes.
BMT Surgical Procedure
The BMT procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, although adults can often have their procedures performed with local anesthesia. The surgeon begins by creating an opening with a scalpel. Any fluid found in the middle ear is then suctioned out. Tube placement is the next step. The tube equalizes pressure on both sides of the eardrum and allows the middle ear to drain. Fluid removal normally provides an immediate improvement in hearing when it is the cause of the hearing loss. It also lowers the chance of acquiring ear infections in the future.
The procedure usually lasts almost 15 minutes. Hearing normally improves immediately, and patients do not normally experience any pain. After their procedure, patients receive a prescription for ear drops containing an antibiotic. A follow-up visit is usually scheduled for two to three days after surgery.
Proper drainage of the Eustachian tubes is important for balance, speech, and hearing. Improper drainage, though, causes a range of problems. If you live in Tampa, Spring Hill or surrounding towns in Florida and are experiencing symptoms associated with the Eustachian tubes, schedule a consultation for ear tube placement (BMT) by contacting our office.