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Original Article
July 1977

Tympanostomy Tube Protection With Ear Plugs

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(7):377-380. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780240035001

• 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.

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