Glue ear is a build-up of fluid in your middle ear that can cause problems with hearing. It usually lasts for a few months and then gets better on its own without treatment. Around eight out of 10 children have glue ear at least once by the time they reach the age of Your child is most likely to get it between the ages of two and five. Glue ear usually gets better over a few months and most children will no longer have it after a year. For a few children it carries on longer and can cause hearing loss , which can affect their education, language development and behaviour.
We've put our premium increase on hold for six months in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, and we remain open for business. Usually glue ear clears up on its own with time. In some cases it persists and requires treatment to avoid permanent hearing loss. Knowing the symptoms can reduce the chance of glue ear going undiagnosed and potentially causing serious health problems in adults and children. Glue ear occurs when the middle ear fills with thick and sticky fluid, like glue. Because the middle ear is located just behind the eardrum, glue ear can cause hearing difficulties and other serious complications.
Glue ear is a condition where the middle ear fills with glue-like fluid instead of air. This causes dulled hearing. In most cases it clears without any treatment. An operation to clear the fluid and to insert ventilation tubes grommets may be advised if glue ear persists. Glue ear means that the middle ear is filled with fluid that looks like glue.
The ear is comprised of three parts: the outer ear canal, the middle ear space where infections occur and the inner ear where the nerves and balance are located. The upper throat and back of the nasal cavity or Nasopharynx is connected to the middle ear via a canal called the Eustachian tube. The condition occurs when the Eustachian tube fills with fluid rather than air, usually due to a common cold. After a while the fluid can become thick and glue like affecting your hearing.