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Autoinflation with a nasal balloon can improve symptoms and clear middle ear effusion (MEE) in school-aged children with recent onset of glue ear.
Further research is required to determine whether nasal balloon autoinflation reduces the need for grommet surgery.
Otitis media with effusion, commonly known as glue ear, is the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Glue ear usually resolves spontaneously but in persistent or recurrent cases there is a potential impact on the child's speech development and school performance. Current clinical guidance for children diagnosed with glue ear recommends a 3-month period of watchful waiting.1 Grommets, small tubes inserted in the tympanic membrane to drain middle ear …
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