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Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections

Ear tubes can improve hearing over the short term in children with a certain type of ear infection but they don’t help children’s hearing, speech or language over the long term. This is according to a new review published by Dr. Michael Steiner and colleagues at the University of North Carolina.  They reviewed the findings of 41 studies that assessed the effects of implanting ear tubes in children with what doctors call recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion. In this condition, there is fluid in the middle ear, but no signs or symptoms of acute ear infection.  To read the complete news release go to: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, news release, Jan. 6, 2014. http://bit.ly/1ceZYqN

Pediatrics eFirst Pages : Surgical Treatments for Otitis Media With Effusion: A Systematic Review Published online January 6, 2014 (10.1542/peds.2013-3228)

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