Ear infections are also termed as glue ears in medical terms – a condition that is more common amongst small children. This specially afflicts the middle ears which get blocked and face inflammation due to a buildup of fluid in the internal cavities of the ears. The symptoms include hearing difficulties, lack of appetite, headaches, crying, sleeping difficulties and pain in the ears.
HOW IS GLUE EAR DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually done with the help of a thorough ear check up and varied methods that will bounce the sound off of the ears and check for the hearing as well as blockages. These methods include tympanometry, acoustic reflectometry, and a tympanocentesis.
HOW IS GLUE EAR TREATED?
One of the known and only solutions to glue ear is Otovent drug that is a non-surgical, drug-free treatment that helps children within 3 months of use. In rare cases are surgical procedures required and other ear drops may also be given for glue ear.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are a number of complications the child may develop as a result of having glue ear or surgery to treat the condition. Many of these problems can either be treated or they improve quickly on their own. The other complication may include:
• Delayed speech and language development
• Ear infection
• Thickening of the eardrum
• Perforated eardrum