Glue ear describes when the middle ear fills with a sticky, glue-like liquid rather than air. Symptoms include dull hearing and mild pain. For the most part, the condition clears itself without any treatment, but in rare cases, the doctor may advise an operation. Glue ear common and affects about 80% of children before they reach the age of ten. While medics have yet to understand what causes it, glue ear develops less in smoke-free homes.
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