A procedure to reduce recurrent ear infections. This involves the placement of a small tube (by an ear, nose, and throat surgeon) in a tiny slit made in the eardrum. This tube reduces pressure, letting the fluid out and air in—preventing a backup of fluid in the Eustachian tubes. Doctors are in some disagreement on the efficacy of the myringotomy procedure. Talk to your own doctor about his or her philosophy for treating recurrent ear infections.