Glue Ear In Children
Glue Ear (otherwise known as Otitis Media with Effusion or Serious Otitis Media) is a common medical condition which affects hearing. This can result in stunted learning at school and social difficulties.
The ear is comprised of three parts: the outer ear canal, the middle ear space (where infections occur) and the inner ear where the nerves and balance are located. The upper throat and back of the nasal cavity or Nasopharynx is connected to the middle ear via a canal called the Eustachian tube.
If the Eustachian tube becomes blocked – usually due to a common cold – the middle ear will fill with fluid rather than air. After a while this fluid can become thick and glue like. Your child will not be able to hear properly if they have glue ear. The condition affects 8 out of 10 children at least once before their tenth birthday.
Speech & Language Problems
Clumsiness or Balance Problems
Using a Louder Volume
Babies less responsive to sound
You should consult your GP if you notice your child’s behaviour matching the glue ear symptoms. If your GP suspects glue ear as the cause they will likely ask you to observe a “watch and wait” or “active observation” period. This happens because up to 50% of glue ear cases will spontaneously resolve without treatment.
50% of glue ear cases will spontaneously resolve without treatment
If your child’s symptoms persist your GP will refer you to an Audiologist. Using a tympanometry test the Audiologist will diagnose glue ear. At the point of diagnosis, you will likely be asked to continue the active observation period. If the condition persists after this, they will either refer you back to your GP for an Otovent prescription or to an ENT surgeon for grommet surgery.
Watch and Wait / Active Observation
What is Otovent?
The Otovent autoinflation device is only suitable for children who can blow their nose. If your child cannot blow their nose the Moniri Otovent may be suitable for them.
*This feature should be used solely as a general guideline and isn’t reflective of individual variables which may affect the suitability of Otovent as a treatment option. Please seek medical advice from your doctor as child development can differ vastly, and a qualified medical professional will be able to accurately advise you on your own individual requirements.