Pressure equalization tubes and perforations often cause middle ear infection. This results in scarring of the eardrum. The formation of scar tissue on the eardrum is one such complication. The scar tissue can lead to hearing difficulty, untreated otitis media, and eventually ruptured eardrums. If the tiny ear bones called ossicles in your ear are damaged or deformed, this can cause hearing loss.
The high potential for complications makes a diagnosis by a doctor critical. Never disregard ear pain or hearing loss, and consult an ear, nose and throat specialist immediately.
Read more to learn what to expect when you visit a hearing care professional