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Glue Ear

What Is ‘Glue Ear’?

Glue ear happens because the Eustachian tube, which connects the back of the nose to the middle ear, has stopped working properly and does not open as it should with swallowing and yawning. Glue Ear diagram

As a result air becomes trapped in the middle ear and, as it becomes absorbed, a negative pressure develops and the ear drum gets sucked inwards. 

Then thick mucus-like fluid is secreted into the middle ear behind the drum and this is called ‘glue ear’. 

This fluid interferes with the passage of sound into the ear and can cause hearing loss or pain in the ears.

Speech delay is therefore another common problem caused by glue ear.

Recurrent Ear Infections

Ear infections are common and are usually not serious. However, if they are recurrent, grommet insertion may be recommended as they can help reduce the frequency of infection or make the symptoms less problematic by allowing the ear to drain.