What is Glue Ear?

Glue ear is a build up of fluid in the ear. Eight out of ten children will have a brief period of glue ear at some point, making it one of the most common childhood conditions. Children under the age of five are the largest group affected, although for some it can persist into adolescence.

It is widely accepted that for some of these children glue ear can cause temporary deafness, delayed speech development and affect their behaviour and educational progress.

 What to look out for?

  • not responding when called
  • difficulty working out which direction a sound comes from
  • changes in behaviour such as becoming tired and frustrated, poor concentration,     
  • preferring to play alonechanges in their educational progress
  • delayed speech development
  • frequent ear infections

What should I do?

Your child’s GP can arrange for a simple hearing test for glue ear. 

Want to find out more?

The National Deaf Children’s Society has some useful parent information and advice on Glue Ear http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/glue_ear/index.html