Glue ear is a common condition where fluid collects in the middle ear behind the eardrum (see figure 1). It can cause deafness and repeated earache or infections, resulting in a discharge from the ear.
A grommet (small plastic or metal tube) allows air to enter the middle ear, preventing fluid build-up.
The condition almost always gets better but it is not possible to say when this will happen.
Surgery is recommended if the glue ear continues for longer than three months and is causing problems with poor hearing, slow speech development, repeated ear infections, slow school progress or behavioural problems.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 20 minutes.
Your surgeon will make a small hole in the eardrum and remove the fluid by suction. This is called a myringotomy. They will place a plastic or metal grommet in the hole.
Your child should be able to go home the same day.
Other than swimming, your child should be able to return to normal activities after one to two days.
The grommet will fall out of your child’s ear by itself, after 6 to 18 months, depending on the material and design of the grommet.
Author: Miss Ruth Capper MD FRCS (ORL-HNS)
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