I took my 3 yo DS to a ENT Dr. today because he has had fluid behind his eardrums off and on since March. I noticed a slight hearing loss in the spring when he developed congestion. He was placed on antibiotic for sinus infection and things cleared up until mid-June when the same thing happened again. Now, he's congested again (just started pre-school) and I am a bit concerned about how this hearing loss (although it seems to be mild) will affect him during his school days. The ENT really down played the whole issue saying it's common--especially with kids in preschool and just observing him and letting it clear on it's own would probably be all that was necessary. He then examined my son and said "yes, he's full...and it looks like it's been in there for a while since it's starting to turn brown". He then wrote him a script to have an Audiologist test him and depending on the findings of the Audiologist, tubes in the ears may be necessary. I'm sure many of you have been there, done that. My older son had a similar issue at about the same age and we took him to a Chiropractor for treatment for a while and it either worked, or he grew tall enough that the tubes in the ears were more vertical and able to clear on their own. So, I guess I'm looking for opinions on how necessary tubes in the ears really are. WWYD?