It is also called myringocentesis, tympanotomy, tympanostomy, or paracentesis of the tympanic membrane.
Ear tubes, or tympanostomy tubes, are small tubes open at both ends that are inserted into the incisions in the eardrums during a myringotomy.
A tympanostomy tube is small tube made of metal or plastic that is inserted during myringotomy to ventilate the middle ear.
Rarely, a small hole may remain in the eardrum after a pressure-equalizing tube (tympanostomy tube) falls out or is removed by a doctor.
Tympanostomy tube insertion can also cause perforation.