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?
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?
Decongestants, antihistamines and steroids should not be used to treat glue ear.