Glue Ear

Glue ear occurs when your ear canal floods with fluid, which can cause temporary hearing loss - it’s more common in children, but adults can get it, too.read moreSee less

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your GP will not always choose to treat glue ear as the symptoms usually clear up on their own within 3 months.

 

There are no effective medicines to treat glue ear because it isn’t caused by an infection; however, glue ear can cause an ear infection, which is when antibiotics may be prescribed.

 

If your glue ear doesn’t relieve itself on its own, the GP may wish to try a treatment called auto inflation, like Otovent, which can help the fluid in the ear to drain on its own.

 

It works by blowing up a specialised balloon using 1 nostril at a time and swallowing while holding the nostrils closed.

 

This treatment has to be done multiple times a day and is not recommended for young children under 3 years old.

Glue ear is more common in children than adults, but they will experience the same symptoms - hearing loss, earache or ear pain, and tinnitus (hearing ringing and buzzing sounds).

 

It occurs when the empty, middle section of your ear canal fills up with fluid.

 

The glue ear typically clears on its own within 3 months, but there are treatment options available that may encourage the fluid to drain on its own.

Your GP will not always choose to treat glue ear as the symptoms usually clear up on their own within 3 months.

 

There are no effective medicines to treat glue ear because it isn’t caused by an infection; however, glue ear can cause an ear infection, which is when antibiotics may be prescribed.

 

If your glue ear doesn’t relieve itself on its own, the GP may wish to try a treatment called auto inflation, like Otovent, which can help the fluid in the ear to drain on its own.

 

It works by blowing up a specialised balloon using 1 nostril at a time and swallowing while holding the nostrils closed.

 

This treatment has to be done multiple times a day and is not recommended for young children under 3 years old.

The space behind the middle ear is usually only filled with air, but sometimes when you’re unwell, as in the case of a cold or a virus, this empty space can fill up with fluid.

 

Allergies that are severe can cause the eustachian tube to swell, and if the fluid can’t escape, it can cause glue ear.

 

This condition is more common in children because their eustachian tubes are narrower and smaller than adults, so fluid can easily become clogged.