Because most kids have had infections in both ears, children often get surgery in both. The operation to insert ear tubes in both ears is called “bilateral myringotomy with tubes” (BMT). A surgeon inserts the tubes to ventilate (let air into) the area behind the eardrum and to keep the pressure equalized to atmospheric pressure in the middle ear.
This procedure helps kids have fewer ear infections. And, if they do still get them sometimes, they should be less severe. It also restores any temporary hearing loss caused by fluid building up behind the eardrum.