Drainage from Ear Tubes
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#1 Apr 20, 2008
Hello, I am 18 years old and have just started Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment for a chronic wound on my ankle. Because my ears won't equalize on their own when I go for a "dive" in the HBOT, my otolaryngologist recommended that I have ear tubes put into place. Last Tuesday (April 15) I had the ear tubes put in and I have since been able to continue my HBOT. However, I have been experiencing drainage and cloggedness in my right ear. My left ear has no drainage and sounds clear, but my right ear leaks a yellow fluid mixed with a little blood and sounds muffled. I am also having sinus congestion and a sore throat along with possibly a touch of fever. My otolaryngologist thinks that the drainage and muffledness is normal, but he seems to me as stuck up and a overall jerk. Is this really normal or should I start seeing a diffrent doctor? I have had a real problem going to see different doctors who contradict each other in what I should do and I don't really know which one to follow. Thanks.

Since: Jan 08

Palakkad, India

#2 Apr 23, 2008
You need not worry. This indicates that your ear tubes (grommet) is functioning. The main function of these ear tubes is to drain the secretions from the middle ear and to ventilate it. Since your right middle ear is infected it is draining. The moment infection subsides drainage will stop. This could be due to sinus infection and sore throat. Sore throat and sinus infections are common causes of middle ear infections. One course of antibiotics could be of help. Please meet your doc.

Mcallen, TX

#3 Jul 17, 2008
Hello I am 31 and 4 years ago I lost hearing from my right ear. I was going thru alot of stress, and had a bad diet and also I picked up a very heavy load that made me push too hard. Three days later I started hearing a loud ring that caused me a severe headeache for 8 hours and immediatley after it subsided immediatley I couldnt hear anything, now I cant hear and have tinitus 24/7 not as loud but irritating, also immediatley I got vertigo and labarintitus only for the first year losing my balance I couldnt walk or move without feeling dizzy. I went to several doctors with different diagnosis some said meniers disease, deafness,stress,too much pressure, chronic,damaged middle ear sensory hairs,sinus, heridetary ect ect, but all with no hope or solution to recuparate my hearing and that it was a dead end.

They did all kinds of tests to see if I had a tumor or infection, but I had no tumor, no infection, no signs of any damage. Since my hearing was up and down,I only got 15% back of my hearing, SO i lost about 80% of my hearing. I hear high pitch frequencies and when all is quiet I can hear perfectly, and sometimes I will not hear my tinnutus, but this gives me hope to know that I still might have a chance. Recently I met a doctor that proposed for me getting ear tubes because my deafness might be due to my sinus problems and that might be one of the reasons that I cant hear. I believe this to be true because I was taking some sinus medicine and I felt alot of noice and things moving in my ear so I think this is a good Idea but since the doctor 'misteriously disapeared' I have lost trust in his diagnose. Can ear tubes help me get my hearing back? Or am I better of not doing it because the results are not as promosing but I might risk loosing the little hearing that I have right now?

Ridgeville, SC

#5 Sep 18, 2008
I am 32 and have ear tubes in my ears as well. I am still having a lot of drainage on a daily basis. I am one of the rare percentages who keep having chronic ear infections after tube insertion. I currently am having a CT Scan done b/c my doctor wants to see if the infection is coming from deeper with in the ear. I have had my tubes since Feb 2008 and have gotten no better. I have been on different ear drops and ear oils and antibiotics.

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Oct 3, 2008
I am 47 years old . I just got Tubes put in my ears now I having ring in ears. Is this moral??
Thank you

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Mar 2, 2009
I am 41, male, always had bad hearing, had tubes put in in october 08 and had a significant hearing improvement. I had a rusty colored flem like drainage in one ear for about a month and the other side was a lime green colored drainage also for about a month. i had to use q-tips to pull it out at least twice a day and would often leak out if i was walking or sleeping. the drainage was often stringy or would leave stains on the pillow case. i asked my Dr about it and he said that it was normal. when i had the tubes put in, he drained out a bunch of fluid, which on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being worse/severe, i was a 10 plus. it has been 4 months and my hearing has gone down. i can plug my nose and push air out of my ears and hear the noise on ocassion. sometimes i can sometimes i can't. if fear that the when i can that same volume of discharge is now being absorbed in side my head and causing jaw/gum/teeth and sinus problems. also i now have some vision problems with my sight picture doubling, top on top/stacked and not crossed. has anyone had the same?

Baltimore, MD

#8 Apr 23, 2009
my 2 yr old daughter had tubes placed in her ears along with the removal of her tonsils and adnoids. she has had a discharge coming from both ears. The discharge is a white greenish color with and an awful smell. when i took her back to the docs they cultured it and belived she had MRSA...they said the draining can be normal but the foul odor isnt. They went in with cameras and looked around and now i am waitig on the results. just thought i would post in case any body is experincing the same please contact your doc ASAP

Barlow, KY

#9 Jul 16, 2009
I am 22 years old. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed at 5 years..and tubes put in at the same time. All my life i have had ear infections atleast a few times a year...sometimes more. The first week of june i started having the typical symptons of an ear infection but then i had alot of drainage. Mostly clear yellowish color. It drained to the point where i had to keep a towel on my pillow at night and always had napkins in my pocket. After a week of that i had a thicker discharge that was greenish with blood. Suddenly i could hardly hear in my right ear. After a month of the lack of hearing i started having drainage again. It was a very thick green mucous and alot of it i had to pull out with a q-tip. Still i can hardly hear out of my right ear...and all of a sudden my left ear seems to be muffled as well, but no drainage or pain in the left ear at all. I am setting up an appointment with a specialist soon...just thought i would see if i could get anymore info here...

Thank you
Moni Love

Pompano Beach, FL

#10 Aug 23, 2009
I'm Moni and I've been experiencing chronic ear infections since September of 2008. The doc's that I see just give me some antibiotics and send me off, but when I ask if the infections will stop coming, all they can say is "if you take your meds correctly, everything should go away." Well, quite frankly, I've been taking my meds correctly and nothing has changed. I have pain on the outside, so I'm guessing it's otitis externa, but now I have green discharge. I went to a ENT and they told me to stop using q-tips. Stopped that, but its heavy drainage causing my ears to itch. I also have a wet feeling in the morning. I don't swim and it's before I take a shower..SOMEONE HELP!!! Thanks

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 6, 2011
hi,i'm 19 and when i was 12 maybe 13 i had a lot of fluids in my ears.The doc said it was from swimming and letting water get in my ears when i took showers .So they said that the best thing to do was to drain it but putting tubes i'm them so i did.I don't know if it really help but at first when i had the fluids i couldn't hear. The doc said once the fluids come out i should be o.k but that wasn't the case I only heard for about a week. I can hear only loud sounds or when people talk loud but if you talk soft i can't hear nothing.now it seem like its getting worst i can hardly hear loud sound but the thing is i don't have any pain,no ringing anything like that.i look on the computer about how to clean your ears out i'm not so sure about putting olive oil in my ears when i have tubes in them. please help me my job is on the line here thanks


Skokie, IL

#14 Jul 7, 2011
I am so sorry for everyone's troubles! I also have ear tubes, intercochlear implants, that were put in while I was very young, about 6 or 7. I also have drainage tubes that drain down into my stomach. I have stomach aches a lot, but my hearing improved to the point I went from legally deaf, to regaining 90% hearing, which is amazing let me tell you! I had a lot of the sametroubles with ear drainage before i got the tubes from my ears to my stomach. Try placing a wet clothe that is as hot as you can stand over your sinus cavities, and behind your ears. This is soothing, and causes the drainage to flow out faster. Sadly, you guys will have drainage problems until the tubes come up, and if you're like me, that's forever! But cheer up, it becomes more manageable as you get use to it, and your hearing will improve over the years. It has made a huge difference in my life!

Taylor, MI

#15 Aug 6, 2011
My 3 year old has cronic ear infections for which her ENT put tubes in her ears. 3 months later she developed a sinus infection with yellow fluid draining very fast out of her left ear. After one day of being on antibiotics and ear drops she now has blood draining from that ear. Her doctor said that is normal??? How is that normal??
MAMA of 2

Beaverton, OR

#16 Aug 20, 2011
My 6 year old had tubes inserted into her ears last November. She recently had a sinus infection. Her left ear began to drain yellowish fluid mixed with blood despite being on an antibiotic for 10 days, plus being placed on another for an additional 10 days. When we took her into the Doctor, again, she said the same thing, "it is normal." I am shocked and don't feel comfortable with that, so I have been trying to do research.

Wichita, KS

#17 Sep 19, 2011
I am 22 years old and I had tubes as a baby. Whether or not they fell out remains a mystery, but nonetheless, at the age of 14 I was given a tube in my left ear to correct fluid drainage. I was instructed by the ent dr to wear earplugs when swimming. Of course eventually I went without them. Not long after, I am swimming and get water trapped in my ear which DOES NOT want to leave. Ear drops, q-tips, lying on my side; nothing was jarring it out. After a few months I got so used to it, it didn't seem to bother me...

Fast forward 3 years, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids).

Fast forward another couple summers of swimming and general teenage activity, my left ear begins to drain and my hearing out of it seems slightly muffled. Fluid is normally yellow, with some occasional red. Family physician and otolaryngologist diagnose "perforated ear drum"

2 surgeries follow in attempt to patch it.

3 months later, drainage and muffled hearing continues. Fast forward 2 years, here I am, same drainage and hearing impairment.

Today I went to the same ent doctor who I saw at 14 and put the tube in my left ear. Immediately upon inspection, he spots a "pollup" in my ear. The tube which he had inserted at 14 had been knocked out by pool water and become lodged in my middle ear space and, after years of neglect and mistreatment, tissue had grown around it and it simply became an inflammation containing foreign matter.

I hope to have this resolved at my return appointment next week, but something tells me I will end up with a procedure.

Things I learned with this ordeal:
-ALWAYS address ear problems IMMEDIATELY!!!
-Ear tubes are generally great for small children, but as we age, risk for complications only increase.
-Inner ear problems are among the most difficult to completely fix, as all the tissue is consistently moist and fragile. No doctor can really guarantee success.
-BIGGEST Tip: When going from doctor to doctor, always make CLEAR as to the history of diagnosis and treatment to each doctor. They see hundreds of thousands of people each year, so make sure your record is clear to them.

I hope this has been helpful.

Portland, OR

#18 Sep 22, 2011
I'm 16 and 7 months ago i had ear tubes put in and my tonsils and adenoids taken out because i couldn't hear. 4 week ago i got water in my right ear and it toke 2 weeks to drain. but yesterday my ear was clogged and this morning i woke up to the in side off my ear bleeding. help
Kari Ann


#19 Oct 29, 2011
I am 37 on Oct 18, 2011 I had tubes put in my ears for drainage. What had happen I got a severe sinus infection and then led to two ear infections. I have clear yellow fluid coming out of both ears and I can only hear when people talk loudly. I am waiting for a CT scan hoping I don't have too much problems in inner ears. I have never had ear infections at all and this is scaring me quite a bit. I havn't been able to hear for the last mnth now and these tubes just making my ears drain. I will be back on here after my CT scan. I hope I can hear again.


#20 Dec 28, 2011
I had operation 6 years ago for my ear discharge.But now i havre again discharge in my ear.do i need to get operated again?

Cabot, AR

#21 Jul 18, 2012
I had tubes put in yesterday and today im so dizzy im inable to walk, Has anyone else had this problem?

Lincoln, NE

#22 Aug 21, 2012
I had permanent tubes put in my right ear during a sinus surgery at 37 years old. I am now 43 and I have had nothing but problems with them since, I wish the dr. never would have put them in! I have asked him on several visits to remove them and he refuses, saying they are doing their job. Really! I have chronic ear infections, can't hear anything out of my left ear anymore(my hearing was just fine before the tubes),constant drainage(a lot of it) everyday that looks like snot coming out of my ear, I can hear my pulse in my hear and it is enough to drive me insane and keeps me awake at night, plus my ear is always tender and sore and gets swollen. I go to my regular dr.($20 copay) then he sends me to the pompous ENT dr. who put the tubes in , this time a $40 copy since he is a specialist, and another $25 for a prescription of antibiotics that don't do anything. So I'm spending money on useless dr. appts. that I can't afford in the first place on a regular basis. This is ridiculous, I just want them out! But I guess this is how our doctors keep making money, they don't care about the patients when it comes down to it. It's your body, and when you tell them what's going on you are always wrong because they are doctors, who are much smarter than you are and they know best.

Enoree, SC

#23 Dec 16, 2012
jessica wrote:
my 2 yr old daughter had tubes placed in her ears along with the removal of her tonsils and adnoids. she has had a discharge coming from both ears. The discharge is a white greenish color with and an awful smell. when i took her back to the docs they cultured it and belived she had MRSA...they said the draining can be normal but the foul odor isnt. They went in with cameras and looked around and now i am waitig on the results. just thought i would post in case any body is experincing the same please contact your doc ASAP
I know you posted this in 2009, first of all, I hope your daughter is doing better. Can you tell me what the camera or test results were. I also have tubes in my ears due to having to be in hyperbaric oxygen chamber in February 2012, I have started draining out of right ear, and it has a foul odor. Going to doctor this week, would have already been but was out of town. Thanks for your help

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