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What are Ear Grommets?

Ear grommets are tiny tubes that are inserted into the ear to prevent a build-up of fluid. Ear grommets are commonly used to treat persistent cases of glue ear. Glue ear is where the middle part of the ear fills up with fluid that affects the eardrum. Glue ear symptoms include temporary hearing loss, earache and tinnitus. Glue ear in adults is less common than in children but treatment is the same. Ear grommets are also called myringotomy tubes, tympanostomy tubes or t-tubes. During the grommet insertion procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision (called a myringotomy) in the eardrum into which the grommet is placed. Ear grommet surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic for children and takes around 30 minutes. Adults may be offered a local anaesthetic option. Patients often go home the same day as their grommets operation. Discharge from the ear is normal for a few days following ear grommet surgery and any pain can be treated with paracetamol. Ears need to be kept dry for a couple of weeks after the grommets operation. Ear grommets naturally fall out within 6 to 18 months.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for ear grommet surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Avoid the ear grommet NHS waiting list
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private specialist
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS

Private ENT Surgeons in the UK

The following ear, nose and throat specialists perform private ear grommet operations in the UK.

Myles Black

Consultant ENT and Thyroid Surgeon


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Azhar Shaida

Consultant ENT Surgeon


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Paul Chatrath

Consultant ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon

Essex, Central London/Harley Street

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Wale Olarinde

Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgeon


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Gerald Brookes

Consultant ENT Surgeon


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Julian Hamann

Consultant ENT Surgeon

Tunbridge Wells

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How do I choose a private ENT Surgeon?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in surgery?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many ear grommet operations do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?

Which hospitals and clinics provide ear grommet operations?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private ear grommet surgery in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does the ear grommets operation cost?

If you're paying for yourself, ear grommet insertion typically costs. £2,345. (between £1,180 and £2,580) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private ear grommet surgery covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for this operation – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private ENT surgeons are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.