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Glue ear


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The main symptom of glue ear is temporary loss of hearing in 1 or both ears.

Glue ear often gets better on its own. If needed, a GP may suggest treatment to drain the fluid, such as blowing up a small balloon using your nose.

Glue ear is where the empty middle part of the ear canal fills up with fluid. It's more common in children but adults can sometimes get it.

Page last reviewed: 28/07/2020
Next review due: 28/07/2023