Glue ear occurs when the space behind the eardrum (middle ear) is filled with fluid. The fluid can be thick and sticky which is why it's called glue ear. Glue ear can affect one or both ears. It often follows an ear infection or can occur on its own. Children with glue ear are not unwell and may have few symptoms other than hearing loss - the most important symptom. Often, glue ear is only found when your child is being examined for something completely different.
HOW IS GLUE EAR DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose glue ear, the pediatrician will ask questions about the child's health and examine the child's ears as below:
• An instrument called an otoscope to look at the child's ear canal and ear drum.
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’s a risk of permanent damage to the ear if the issue is not sorted out in time and may lead to infections.