Ear - Otitis Media (Glue Ear)

OME occurs commonly in children and studies show up to 60% of children have at least one episode by the age of six.

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Overview

OME, otherwise known as ‘Glue Ear’, is the collection of fluid in the middle ear. It occurs commonly in children and studies show up to 60% of children have at least one episode by the age of six. It frequently occurs after an upper respiratory tract infection and in the majority of cases, it resolves by itself. However, the length of time for this resolution varies and may take up to three months.

Causes

OME usually occurs due to the malfunction of the Eustachian Tube – the tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose which allows ventilation and proper function of the middle ear mechanism.

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