Glue Ear Outline
This condition arises when a person has long standing (years) fluid with negative pressure in the middle ear. The ear drum becomes adherent to the middle ear structures.
Most common in early teens to adults
- Blocked ear
- No symptoms
- Decreased hearing
- EAR DRUM—dull, severely retracted, the middle ear bones will be prominent
- Immobile drum
- May have a dark color (yellowish to black)
- Conductive hearing loss
- Type B tympanogram
- Try to pop the ears (See appendix A)
- Middle ear ventilation tubes
Frequently the middle ear ventilation tubes may not help this situation if the ear drum is severely adherent to the middle ear structures. This problem is much easier to prevent then it is to treat.
If a child has had ear problems and/or ventilation tubes, the ears should be checked periodically even when they are having no apparent problem. A yearly exam should be sufficient to diagnose this problem.
Early intervention can prevent this disease.