Disposable Medical Ear Tubes: Dangers and Benefits. If your ears are bothering you or others around you; if your ears are bleeding, red, swollen, itchy, or painful; if you are experiencing any other symptoms that seem to be common with people with healthy ears; then it may be time to consider changing your ear tubes. Before considering making a change in your ear tubes, please note that there are many risks with making a drastic change to your ear tubes and many benefits as well. It is important that you consult with your physician before changing any part of your ear. Also, most ear tube services are performed by an ear, nose, throat, and cosmetic surgeons.