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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?
If you suspect your child has glue ear, you will need to visit an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist who will check your child’s medical history and carry out a short ENT examination. The audiologist will perform a tympanometry test, which confirms glue ear.
HOW IS GLUE EAR TREATED?
Treatment for glue ear isn't usually given during the first three months after diagnosis, because over half of all cases resolve within three months, and there's no medication that shortens the length of time the symptoms last. Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants and antibiotics have been tested for treating glue ear. Other treatments include:
• Hearing aids
DID YOU KNOW?
Severe cases may require a procedure called myringotomy.