A toddler tube is made of plastic and sometimes metal. The surgeon inserts these tubes into a child’s eardrum. The machine allows air to flow in and out of the middle ear.
Keep in mind; if a child experiences three ear infections within six months, or has five ear infections within a year, he or she may be a candidate for an ear tube. Or, if he or she suffers from hearing loss caused by the persistent build-up of fluid in the ear; this could be another reason.
The benefits of ear tubes are reducing the risk of future ear infections, restoring hearing loss caused by middle ear infections, improves speech and balance problems, and improves behavior, and sleep.
To conclude, ear tubes are often made of plastic and sometimes metal. Talk to your pediatric doctor and find out more.