Good Morning Jaggaman5,
We are really sorry to read how you are feeling at the moment. Please remember you are not alone and there are professionals that can help you.
Firstly, we would encourage you to contact your GP as soon as possible to discuss your thoughts further. You may also like to contact the Samaritans who are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Our Helpline is also here to listen and can provide you with information about hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus. We can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 0808 808 6666 or Textphone: 0808 808 9000.
Glue ear (or otitis media with effusion) is a condition where the middle part of the ear becomes filled with a sticky, glue-like fluid. It can affect one or both ears. There are a number of less commonly used treatments for glue ear.
Autoinflation is non-surgical treatment options that may be helpful during the ‘active observation’ period or while you are waiting for grommets or hearing aids. There are different autoinflation techniques, but they all aim to increase pressure in the nose, which opens up the Eustachian tube – this helps to drain the fluid from the middle ear naturally and restore hearing.
One technique involves you holding your nose and shut your mouth and forcibly exhale. The technique should not be carried out if you have an upper respiratory infection and should be stopped if it causes pain.
Another technique involves you using a device called an otovent, which is made up of a balloon and a nose piece. The nose piece is held against one nostril and you inflate the balloon using your nose. You will need to use an otovent three times a day, until the fluid has drained.
Another type of surgical treatment for glue ear is an adenoidectomy. This involves taking out your adenoids, which are tissues (similar to tonsils) at the back of the nose. This might be recommended if it is thought that the adenoids are enlarged and contributing to your glue ear.
Adenoids are lymph gland tissue; they won’t be missed if removed. Adenoids are removed through the mouth under general anaesthetic. You are usually allowed to go home the same day. The risks of surgery include bleeding and infection, voice change, and, rarely, fluid may come out of the nose when you drink.
Please keep in contact with us and we hope you start to feel better soon.