Glue ear is a common childhood condition, although it can also affect adults. It is caused by a build up of fluid in the middle ear and can impact on your ability to hear sounds clearly. For children, this hearing loss can have a significant impact on their social and educational development.
The build up of fluid can be caused by repeated infections, allergies or enlarged adenoids and can be cleared by draining this fluid. However, to avoid repeated episodes of glue ear, Mr Jindal may recommend the insertion of grommets, tiny prosthetic tubes, which provide a permanent ventilation tube while they are present in the ear. The grommet will remain in the ear for approximately a year on average before falling out and the procedure can be repeated if necessary.
Mr Jindal treats both adults and children with glue ear. Adult patients may prefer to have grommet insertion in the clinic under a local anaesthetic. Mr Jindal will explain the procedure in full at the consultation.