Thank you for checking out my ear tubes. :)
A visual aid like this can help parents become more comfortable with their child having a myringotomy for placement of tympanostomy tubes. Many of the medical illustrations available for this procedure either have too much information or use terminology and details which frustrate and confuse parents.
This is a digital file of an original, hand-drawn illustration with my initials. The drawing represents in a relatable and artistic way how, where, and why tubes are put in a child's ear drum. It shows caregivers how "unseen" structures are interconnected, from the exterior ear canal to the middle and inner ear, to the eustachian tube, and to the pharynx. The illustration demonstrates where fluid builds; it also shows an enlarged tympanic membrane and the relative size of the tympanostomy tube that is inserted. Though included in the illustration in case you want to talk about them, omitted are text and information about the ossicles, the fenestra rotunda, the fenestra vestibuli, and the auditory nerve: this is EAR TUBES 101, just the bare basics for caregivers. Done in watercolors, colored pencils, and ink, this jpeg file can be downloaded for unlimited personal use. No commercial use of my art is permitted in any form.
In addition to its value as a teaching tool, this original art can be combined with other drawings of mine to create a set of wall hangings that are pleasing to the eye in an office or therapy room, reminding us why we do what we do to help our clients. If you use a quality printer and paper, any of my illustrations should be frameable and resizable for your personal use.
EXPLAIN THE BRAIN by Becky Mitchum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.