Ear, Nose, and Throat 101 – Ear Ventilation Tubes

ear ventilation tubes
ear ventilation tubes


An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician and former lieutenant commander in the US Navy, Dr. William B. Clark is the owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Dr. William B. Clark performs a full range of ENT procedures, including the placement of ear ventilation tubes.

One of the most common procedures performed by ENT physicians, ear ventilation tubes are typically used to treat chronic infections of the middle ear. When fluid becomes trapped behind the eardrum, bacteria may take advantage of the ideal growing environment and cause an infection. Left untreated, middle ear infections can lead to permanent hearing loss.

The procedure itself involves a small incision in the eardrum and placement of a tube in the opening, allowing fluid to drain out. Adult tubes can be placed in office, while children generally require anesthesia. Ear infections can still occur with the tube in place, however, and treatment usually involves antibiotic ear drops rather than systemic antibiotics. Ear tubes remain in place for approximately one year, at which point they fall out on their own.


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Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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