What is Glue Ear?
Glue ear is a condition where fluid builds up in the middle ear. The fluid prevents the three tiny bones in the ear from moving freely, so they cannot transmit the sound vibrations to the inner ear.
How common is Glue Ear?
Glue ear is common in young children, particularly those around two years old, but it may occur in adults. An estimated 90% of children in England will have at least one episode of glue ear by the age of 10. Glue ear is more common during the winter months, and often occurs after a previous ear infection.
What are the symptoms of Glue Ear?
The most common symptom of glue ear is hearing loss, which can range from slight to moderate. Other symptoms include irritability, problems sleeping, balance problems, clumsiness, and delayed speech and language development.
How is Glue Ear treated?
Your child will not receive immediate treatment but will be monitored. Most cases of glue ear will resolve themself within 3 months.
No medication has proven effective in shortening the length of symptoms, but if symptoms persist long term surgery may be required to insert grommets into the ear drum to help the fluid drain away.
If you have not received treatment or advice, or suffered any symptoms in the past five years choose a moratorium product.