After your anaesthetic has been given you’ll be unconscious.

The surgeon uses a microscope to examine your eardrum, and then makes a small incision in it.

They then remove any fluid from the middle ear, and places a grommet – a small tube about the size of a match head with rims on either side – into the hole to stop it from closing.

This hole replaces the function of the eustachian tube (the tube that equalises pressure on either side of the eardrum).

After your procedure

Pain relief and more.


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