Glue ear is a common condition where fluid collects in your middle ear behind your eardrum (see figure 1). It can cause deafness and repeated earache or infections, resulting in a discharge from your ear.
A grommet (small plastic or metal tube) allows air to enter your middle ear, preventing fluid build-up.
The condition almost always gets better but it is not always 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 or repeated ear infections.
The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic but a local anaesthetic can be used. The operation usually takes about 20 minutes.
Your surgeon will make a small hole in your eardrum and remove the fluid by suction (myringotomy). They will place a plastic or metal grommet in the hole.
You should be able to go home the same day.
Other than swimming, you should be able to return to normal activities after one to two days.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
The grommet will fall out of your 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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