My Condition

Glue ear

Glue ear is the condition when the section of the ear behind the eardrum, also known as the middle ear, becomes filled with a sticky, “glue-like” fluid. This can happen in either one or both ears. The condition is most often seen in younger children between 2 – 5 years but can develop at any age.

The medical name for glue ear is Otis media with effusion, or OME. Glue ear is one of the most common childhood illnesses, with around 8 out of 10 children experiencing it at some point before they reach 10 years old.

Research into the causes of glue ear shows that several factors are likely to be involved. Some of these are listed below:


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Waiting for a specialist opinion


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