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What are the symptoms of glue ear?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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Hearing loss is the main symptom of glue ear. There are number of signs that you can look for in your child to determine if they may have hearing loss due to glue ear. These include:

  • Regularly turning up the volume of the television due to difficulty hearing
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Being more irritable than normal due to difficulties hearing
  • Playing alone rather than with company
  • Occasional losses of balance, or clumsiness

As glue ear is sometimes associated with ear infections, your child may also display some less common symptoms. These include:

  • Episodes of mild ear pain
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Tinnitus (a ringing noise in the affected ear, or ears)

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