Season 5 episode 18: The doctor wanted to do exploratory surgery and put in eartubes. He even explained how the surgery was going to go and what would happen afterwords. It wasn't until he went in to do the surgery that he realized there was a perforated eardrum(hole in the eardrum). Pediatricians and even my high school nurse noticed the hole just by looking in my ear with an otoscope. Not that hard to miss. Ear-tube surgery is no longer needed once the eardrum is perforated. The thing to do now is just patch the hole, which the doctor ended up doing. With a perforated eardrum an earplug is necessary so water doesn't get in the ear; i.e. swimming. Alcohol in the ear like for after swimming, hurts like hell, if the eardrum has a hole in it. Also the perforated ear no longer pops. I hope recovery went well for him and his ear.
Side Note: Eartubes can be put in for draining fluid, having excessive ear infections, pushing or pulling of the eardrum(you don't want it to rupture.) or hearing issues.
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