What is Glue Ear?

Glue ear is a common condition in children. Throughout their childhoods, 8 out of 10 children will develop glue ear – equating to 200,000 cases each year in United Kingdom (source: Zeilhuis).

Glue ear, or serious otitis media, otis media with effusion or secretory otitis media – as it is known in medical terms – affects over 70% of children before they are four years old, with more cases in boys than girls.

Otovent_glue_ear_treatment_ear_imageMany parents have the wearying experience from having a child with poor hearing and recurrent ear infections. In a healthy ear, the pressure is equalized by swallowing or yawning. However, sometimes these actions do not help, and will cause a negative pressure to build up inside the middle ear. Left untreated the child can develop glue ear.

The ear is made up of three parts: the outer ear canal, the middle ear space (where the infections occur) and the inner ear where the nerves and balance center are located. A thin eardrum (the tympanic membrane) divides the outer ear from the middle ear. The middle ear also attached to the back of the nose via the Eustachian tube.

Glue ear or Otitis Media with Effusion (OME)

If the Eustachian tube becomes blocked – usually due to a common cold – the middle ear will fill with fluid rather than air. After a while this fluid can become thick and glue like. With glue ear your child will not be able to hear properly. Glue ear is very common, as many as 8 out of 10 children will experience it at least once before they are 10 years old.

What is Otovent?

Otovent® is a clinically effective treatment for glue ear designed to improve your child’s symptoms, as well as the child’s and the family’s quality of life. It is a safe, natural treatment which reduces the need for surgery relieving the symptoms instead without the use of drugs or surgical intervention.


Otovent works by using pressure to open up the Eustachian tube, allowing the fluid to drain from the inner ear.

For more information watch a demonstration of Otovent below:


Otovent® Method

The Otovent® method is a clinically proven treatment option to help avoid the surgical insertion of tubes into the eardrum. It is a non-surgical, drug free treatment for glue ear, and has been recommended by ENT specialists for the last 20 years. The child inflates a small balloon using their nose, and at the same time equalises the pressure and relieves the symptoms in the middle ear.


Blowing up the balloon helps to open up the Eustachian tube, making it easier for fluid to drain from the middle ear. Children can use Otovent at home under parental supervision. It is painless, harmless and takes only a matter of seconds to perform. Otovent should be used 2–3 times daily until all the fluid has been drained away. Watch our animated video below to learn everything you need to know about glue ear as a parent:


What our customers say

otovent_testimonial_glue_ear_treatment‘Having two sons with repeated ear infections has been the story of our family life for more than 10 years. One of my sons had surgery and the other keeps having infections every time he gets a cold. The doctors are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics and I personally don´t like my six year old taking it. Recently we had the same old problem of increased tension in our youngest sons ear and we decided to try Otovent, a method recommended by our doctor.
The experience was very positive and relief was both quick and obvious after having used Otovent a couple of times. I would highly recommend Otovent to others in our situation as it is a simple method that can avoid many sleepless nights – and hopefully future surgery’ – Jenny Senelius

Read more on symptoms, causes and treatments by clicking below:


How do you treat glue ear?


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    Connect the balloon to the nose piece.Hold the round part of the nose piece firmly against the right nostril with the right hand.Press the left nostril closed with the left hand.

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    Inhale deeply,close the mouth and inflate the balloon until it is the size of a grapefruit, by blowing through the nostril.

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    Repeat the procedure with the left nostril. You will know that the treatment works if your child experiences a pressure increase and/or a “click” in the ear.Note Maximum 20 inflations per balloon…