Study: Prompt insertion of ear tubes shows little developmental benefit

08/12/2005 | Reuters

Children who have tubes placed in their eardrums immediately to treat middle ear infections do not score any higher on intelligence, word, speech, behavior or emotion tests than children who got the tubes later, according to a new study. The tubes are used to guard against developmental problems that are believed to arise from the ear infections, but the study indicates that prompt insertion of the tubes had no significant benefit on development by age 6.

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