A condition where the middle ear fills with glue-like fluid instead of air. This causes diminished hearing. In most circumstances it disappears without any treatment. An operation to clear the fluid and inserting grommets may be considered, if glue ear continues.
The reason is perhaps due to the Eustachian tube dysfunction.This leads on to a negative pressure in the middle ear leading on to glue formation.
Certain children after a cough or cold can develop glue ear. In the middle ear, mucus accumulation occurs, which may not drain well down the Eustachian tube.
The main symptom linked with glue ear is dull hearing, which ranges from a small muffle to moderate deafness in both the ears.
Possible symptoms obvious in children with glue ear children:
- Dulled hearing.
- Speech, language or social communication problems.
- Ineptness or balance difficulties.