Ventilation tube insertion plays an important role in the management of otitis media with effusion. In selected cases, repeated grommet insertion due to persistent eustachian tube dysfunction necessitates the need for longer-term ventilation. Insertion of such tubes can however occasionally be more difficult than insertion of standard grommets. One such long-term ventilation tube is the Shah permavent grommet. This paper describes a simple modification of the technique that is less time-consuming and less traumatic.