Glue Ear

Glue ear is the commonest cause of childhood hearing loss. The middle ear space behind the tympanic membrane (ear drum) fills with a glue-like fluid instead of air, which causes a conductive-type hearing loss. This varies in severity. The resultant hearing loss is similar to that which would be experienced after a cold, or if you were to put your fingers in your ears.

Who gets glue ear?

Why is glue ear a problem?

How is it diagnosed?

What treatment is required?

What precautions are necessary once a grommet has been inserted?

Are there any alternatives to grommet insertion?