Glue ear is a very common condition in children though it can happen in adults as well. The condition is a result of sticky fluid accumulation in the middle ear. The fluid restricts the passage of sound waves and when that happens, there is a decreased hearing. The condition hence shows signs of dulled or selective hearing. The child may act clumsy and be less responsive to sounds.
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?
The treatment for the condition includes the use of ear drops prescribed by the doctor as well as pain management drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Also, one can apply a warm compress over the ears for relief.
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