Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefitTympanostomy tubes are widely used in pediatric care, taking first place as the most popular ambulatory surgery. However, new research reveals that tube placement provides just short-term hearing improvement and has little impact on quality of life.
Eardrops are the answer for tube-related otorrheaTopical antibiotic-glucocorticoid eardrops are superior to oral antibiotics and observation for acute uncomplicated otorrhea in children with tympanostomy tubes.
Finally, clear guidelines for tympanostomy tubesAt last, clear guidelines emerge for the placement of tympanostomy tubes in children. A multidisciplinary panel associated with the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) has devised a 12-point clinical practice guideline regarding conditions for placement, perioperative management, and postoperative care and outcomes.
Stronger criteria for diagnosing otitis mediaThe American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a revised clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of uncomplicated acute otitis media in children aged younger than 12 years.