Glue ear

Specialty of Otolaryngology / ENT

This condition is caused when the middle ear fills with fluid, usually mucus. It can cause hearing impairment and usually clears up by itself, but may need treatment if it goes on for longer than three months after which grommets can be placed to aid the drainage. It's a common cause of temporary deafness in children, and factors like infection, parents smoking and being formula fed as a baby have been linked to this condition.

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