Same-day Ear Tubes Evaluation & Insertion

For children with chronic ear infections, ear tube insertion may be the solution to a very painful problem. Our Same-day Ear Tubes Program allows your child to be evaluated by a pediatric ENT surgeon and have their ear tube insertion procedure done, all in one day. Which means less wait time, less time away from school and more time to be a kid.

Watch the video below to hear our specialists speak about the benefits program.

What to Expect at Your Child’s Appointment

Patients and families will arrive early in the morning for a meeting with the ENT specialist. After the child has been evaluated, we will begin preparing for the procedure if your child is determined to be a good candidate. After the procedure is complete, patients may be asked to stay in the hospital for a short period of time, and then they may go home. Most of our families are in and out of the hospital within four hours. 

Same-day ear tube procedures are available at the main hospital as well as at the Westchester Outpatient Center.

Patient Criteria & Appointments

To be eligible for a same-day ear tube procedure, children must:

  • Be 9 months to 12 years of age and have chronic ear infections
  • Have had more than 3 ear infections in 6 months
  • Have had more than 4 ear infections in 12 months
  • Have had middle ear effusion lasting 3 months or longer
  • Have not previously been a Lurie Children’s ENT patient

All patients will need a referral from their pediatrician or clearance from a doctor for this program. Before scheduling an appointment, our staff will make sure your child has a referral and their condition meets certain criteria. Please note, not all children with chronic ear infections are eligible for ear tubes. This program is only available for patients who have not yet been seen by a Lurie Children’s ENT specialist. Learn how to refer a patient to this program.

Please contact the Division of Otolaryngology with questions at 312.227.6230.

About Ear Infections

An ear infection, also called otitis media, is inflammation of the middle ear. It often occurs at the same time as a viral upper respiratory tract illness (cold, viral sore throat). It’s the one of the most common diagnoses for U.S. children. More than 80% of children have at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old.

Learn more about ear infections.

About Ear Tube Insertion

About one million children each year have tubes placed in their ears. Ear tubes are most commonly used for children age 1 to 3 years old. By 5 years of age, most children have wider and longer eustachian tubes (a canal that links the middle ear with the throat area) that allow for better drainage of fluids from the ear.

Learn more about ear tube insertion.

​A Parent Testimonial

"Both of my sons suffered from chronic ear infections from a very early age. In addition to being in constant pain, it negatively impacted their sleeping as well as their hearing. Their pediatrician referred the boys to Lurie Children's as candidates for ear tubes. We took advantage of the Same Day Ear Tubes Program with my youngest son allowing for the evaluation and procedure to occur on the same day rather than over multiple visits. While my wife and I were apprehensive about putting our one-year-old sons under general anesthesia, the staff at Lurie Children's did an excellent job of walking us through all that was to occur and making sure we were comfortable with everything. Being able to get everything done with in one day was great. We were out of the hospital before nap time. After the procedures both boys slept much better, had consistently better moods and were pain free."

- Jesse Sherr, patients' father