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?
An ENT doctor would examine the ears properly and also do a fluid test to check the same. A tympanometry test can also be done.
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.