Sixty-five subjects between 0.9 and 84 years old underwent 132 tympanostomy tube (TT) insertions using the novel
Tympanostomy U-Tube (TUT). The follow-up of these cases concentrated on the performance and side effects of these tubes,
including insertion time, crusting around the tubes, clogging, granulation formation, and residual perforation following removal/
extrusion. Residual perforation occurred in 4 ears (3%). Two of these patients were noncompliant with suggested follow up and
returned to clinic at 18 months post insertion. Preliminary results are compared to what is known from the literature about other
TTs. Conclusions: preliminary results of the TUTs suggest an improved, long-term TT that has the qualities of easy insertion, stability,
and painless removal. Painless removal via a novel deployment mechanism makes it ideal for short-term use especially in children,
due to the qualities of stability, drainage patency, and decrease in lumen clogging.