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Glue Ear – A Silent Disease In Children - Abstract

Simona Serban



Chronic otitis media (COM) is an important public health problem with substantial economic and societal consequences. Chronic otitis media is a major global cause of hearing impairment in children and this may have serious long-term effects on language, auditory and cognitive development with consequences in educational progress. Otitis media with effusion (OME) or “glue ear” is the most common cause of hearing impairment in children. OME can be easily ignored because it produces few specific symptoms except the hearing problems. The effects of hearing loss and recurrent ear infections in the long term can impair speech and language development, therefore early management of this condition is necessary.

Key-words: otitis media with effusion, glue ear, hearing impairment, early management


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