Tympanostomy tube protection with ear plugs

D. W. Johnson, R. H. Mathog, R. H. Maisel

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Protection by ear plugs from waterborne infection was evaluated in 35 patients with 'tympanostomy' tubes, tympanic membrane perforations, or mastoid bowls. Stock and custom-made ear plugs were found to be equally effective up to four months during a period of frequent swimming and bathing activities. Infections were only noted to occur in those patients who did not follow instructions on appropriate use of the plugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1977


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