Glue ear

Glue ear

A build up of fluid in the middle ear without any pain.


  • Partial or inconsistent deafness, likely to follow reapeated ear infections that have been treated with antibiotics.
  • There is seldom pain involved.


  • This is not an emergency, but is best diagnosed by a doctor.


  • General anaesthetic may be required so that a doctor can withdraw fluid from the middle ear.
  • In some cases, a small cut is made in the eardrum for a tiny plastic tube (grommet) to be inserted. 
  • The grommet falls out on its own at a later stage.