A condition where the middle ear fills with glue-like fluid instead of air is called secretory Otitis Media (Middle ear effusion) or Glue ear. This causes conductive hearing loss. An operation to clear the fluid and to insert grommets may be recommended if glue ear continues.
The common operation done is Myringotomy and Grommet insertion. A small cut (about 2-3 mm) made in the eardrum is Myringotomy. The fluid is drained and a grommet (ventilation tube) is often introduced.
What is a grommet?
A small tube, which is inserted into the eardrum to permit air to permit into the middle ear, is a grommet. It avoids fluid building up another time and instigating a hearing loss. Hearing advances instantly. Grommets are so small that you may not notice when they fall out of the ear.