The most common symptom of glue ear is temporary hearing loss. It can affect both ears at the same time. Other symptoms may include: earache or ear pain.
Can glue ear go undetected?
Glue ear is usually temporary but for some it can continue into adolescence. It’s often linked with ear infections but can sometimes develop unnoticed.
How can I help my child with glue ear?
Try to spend some quiet time with your child. Use this time to talk and play with them. Make sure you speak close enough so that they can hear you. Not hearing well may be confusing for your child.
How do you fix glue ear?
Surgery. Chronic glue ear is sometimes treated with a type of surgery called an adenoidectomy. During this procedure, your doctor removes your adenoid glands from behind your nose that may be contributing to fluid buildup in your ear. These glands are connected to the base of the eustachian tubes.
How common is glue ear in children?
Glue ear happens when the middle ear (behind the eardrum) becomes filled with sticky fluid. Otitis media with effusion (OME) is the medical name for glue ear. It’s very common – 1 in 5 pre-school children have glue ear at any one time and 8 out of 10 children will experience glue ear before the age of 10.
What happens if you dont treat glue ear?
Possible complications of glue ear include ear infections and, where hearing loss is more severe, a minor temporary delay in speech and language development. If left untreated for a long period of time, glue ear can sometimes cause damage to the ear drum (tympanic membrane) requiring surgery.
What happens if you don’t treat glue ear?
Glue ear is caused by fluid that collects behind the eardrum, in the middle ear. It usually clears on its own with no treatment, but sometimes requires surgery to insert grommets for drainage. Hearing and speech development can be affected if glue ear is persistent.
How do you test for glue ear?
The GP should be able to tell if it’s glue ear by looking for fluid inside the ear. They’ll use a small scope with a light and magnifying glass. This should not be painful. If your child has had glue ear for more than 3 months, they may be referred to a specialist for hearing tests.
How do you unblock a child’s ear?
If the doctor recommends that you try to remove earwax at home: Soften and loosen the earwax with warm mineral oil. You also can try hydrogen peroxide mixed with an equal amount of room temperature water. Place 2 drops of the fluid, warmed to body temperature, in the ear 2 times a day for up to 5 days.
What age can a child have grommets?
It is an extremely common condition, which usually tends to affect children under seven years of age, most commonly between the ages of two and five. However, some children have ‘recurrent’ glue ear which means it returns after treatment over a period of some months or years.
Do antibiotics cure glue ear?
On the one hand, it seems that a course of oral antibiotics increases the chance of complete resolution of otitis media with effusion. If you have a group of 200 children with glue ear and don’t give them antibiotics, 50 will improve after two to three months without treatment.
What is the best treatment for glue ear?
Surgery. Your doctor may suggest surgery if the glue ear is no better after three months and your child has severe hearing loss. Surgery is also an option if your child’s learning or development is affected. The main surgery for glue ear is to make a tiny cut in the ear drum and put in a plastic tube called a grommet.
Why do adults get glue ear?
Approximately 1/3 of glue ear sufferers are adults. 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.
Can a cold cause glue ear?
Some children develop glue ear after a cough, cold, or ear infection when extra mucus is made. The mucus may build up in the middle ear and not drain well down the Eustachian tube.
What is glue ear in a child?
If your child has glue ear, it means there is fluid in the space behind the ear drum. The main symptom of glue ear is hearing difficulty. Hearing loss for long periods during the early years may affect speech and language development.
How do you know if your child needs grommets?
When might my child need grommets?
- glue ear for more than 3 months, depending on the degree of hearing loss.
- 6 acute ear infections in one year, especially if the infections have occurred in both ears.
- repeat infections through the summer months, when such infections should be less likely to happen.