Grommet Insertion

Ventilation Tube (Grommet) insertion

Grommet insertion is a common childhood operation which when performed safely and for the right reason can drastically improve the quality of life for a child.

Grommet insertion is usually recommended in children with:

  • Hearing loss, particularly if it is causing significant difficulties with speech development or difficulties at school.
  • or.....
  • Recurrent ear infections, often after a trial of long term low dose antibiotics.


  • and...


  • the symptoms are severe enough
  • the child is not just about to "grow out of it"
  • for infection, the alternative of long term medical treatment has been discussed
  • there are no particular medical problems

Many children can be left to grow out of their glue ear without treatment, particularly those with minor symptoms.