Post-Operative Information and Instructions
FAQ about PE tubes

Can my child swim after insertion of PE tubes?

My son who has PE tubes jumped into the pool without earplugs, what should I do?

My daughter has PE tubes and now her ear is draining; what should I do?

Can my child fly after the insertion of PE tubes?

When would the hearing return to normal after the insertion of PE tubes?

When would my child be able to go back to school after insertion of PE tubes?










PE Tubes and Swimming

It is preferable that patients who have PE tubes do not swim.  Sometimes, however, this is impractical and interferes with family activities.  Custom-made swim molds are generally safe and prevent water from getting into the ear. 

Jumping in the pool without swim molds

Do not panic, do not pour alcohol in the ears.  Very often, nothing happens, however, if the ear starts to drain, instil the antibiotic eardrops that were prescribed after the surgery.

Draining ear

If the ear starts draining, you may clean it by pouring 3% hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal.  Allow it to foam for a minute or two and then let it drain by gravity.  Wipe the ear with a clean tissue paper or towel. Do not clean the ear with a Q-tip. Make an appointment with our office as soon as possible.

Can my child fly after the insertion of PE tubes?

Absolutely, there should be no problem in flying.  The tubes equalize the pressure (PE is short for pressure-equalizing) between the middle ear and the outside pressure.

When would the hearing return to normal after the insertion of PE tubes?

Assuming there is no nerve damage , hearing returns to normal immediately after surgery.

When would my child be able to go back to school after insertion of PE tubes?

The next day after surgery, your child should be able to go back to school without any  problems.

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This page was last updated on: September 17, 2014
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