Glue ear
A build up of fluid in the middle ear without any pain.
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Glue ear

A build up of fluid in the middle ear without any pain.

Symptoms:

  • Partial or inconsistent deafness, likely to follow reapeated ear infections that have been treated with antibiotics.
  • There is seldom pain involved.

Seriousness:

  • This is not an emergency, but is best diagnosed by a doctor.

Treatment:

  • General anaesthetic may be required so that a doctor can withdraw fluid from the middle ear.
  • In some cases, a small cut is made in the eardrum for a tiny plastic tube (grommet) to be inserted. 
  • The grommet falls out on its own at a later stage.

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