A medical condition in which the middle ear gets filled with a glue like fluid instead of air, is termed as 'Glue ear' or otitis media with effusion(OME). It results due to the improper functioning of the eustachian tube. More common in children, this condition can be characterized by dulled hearing, clumsiness, balance problems, problems with language, speech or social interaction, being less responsive to sounds. If even after three months, the symptoms of this condition lasts, it can cause complications like speech and learning disabilities. A small surgery for the draining out of the fluid can be carried out. However, in most cases it resolves on its own before that.
HOW IS GLUE EAR DIAGNOSED?
If a child has a sibling who has suffered from this condition, he/she is more likely to suffer from it as well.