A very common condition in kids is Glue Ear where the middle part of the ear tends to get filled with fluids rather than air. Other names for the same are secretory otitis media, otitis media with effusion, or serous otitis media. Such kids would have trouble hearing or have lower hearing accompanied with speech issues and clumsy behaviour.
HOW IS GLUE EAR DIAGNOSED?
A diagnosis of glue ear can usually be confirmed by using an instrument called an otoscope. Further tests are usually only required if your child's symptoms persist for more than three months. The tests will often be carried out at your local ear, nose and throat (ENT) department and include:
• audiometry – to assess the extent of your child's hearing loss
• tympanometry – to assess the flexibility of the eardrum and the bones in the middle ear
HOW IS GLUE EAR TREATED?
The best treatment for glue ear is time. In most children, episodes of glue ear get better without active treatment. For this reason, your family doctor may simply recommend regular appointments for up to 3 months so they can check your child's ears. If your child has fluid in the space behind the eardrum for more than 3 months tympanostomy is recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Severe cases may require a procedure called myringotomy.