Try Otovent® for glue ear in adults

A negative pressure in the middle ear can occur in many situations and have symtoms such as dulled hearing and ear ache. Otovent is an aid that can be used for relief if you're having problems with equalising the pressure on your own.

What is glue ear in adults?

Glue Ear (otherwise known as Otitis Media with Effusion) is a common medical condition which affects hearing. This can result in communication challenges at work and social difficulties.

Which symptoms should I be looking for?

When fluid forms in the middle ear it makes the eardrum less responsive. This can impair hearing and cause a number of symptoms such as ear ache and balance problems.

  • Dulled hearing
  • Vertigo
  • Ear ache
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Nausea

How common is glue ear in adults?

Approximately 1/3 of glue ear sufferers are adults. The condition occurs when the Eustachian tube fills with fluid rather than air, usually due to a common cold. After a while the fluid can become thick and glue like affecting your hearing.

How can Otovent® help?

Drug-free and non-surgical, Otovent is an auto-inflation device. The balloons included in the kit are specially pressurised to open the eustachian tube when inflated via the nose. This process allows the fluid associated with glue ear to safely drain away. Referring to clinical trials conducted on children diagnosed with glue ear, NICE recommends that auto-inflation is tried during the watch and wait / active observation period.

How to use Otovent®

Otovent is an aid that can be used if you cannot equalise the pressure on your own. For optimal results, follow the three steps below.
Slightly stretch and inflate the Otovent balloon prior to first-time use.


Attach the balloon to the nose piece. Hold the round part of the nose piece firmly to your nostril. Press the
other nostril closed with your index finger to prevent air flow on that side.


Inhale deeply, close your mouth and gently but firmly inflate the balloon to the size of a grapefruit (10–12 cm). Once the balloon is inflated, swallow 1–3 times.


Repeat the process on the opposite nostril. The procedure has worked when you hear or feel a small ‘pop’ in your ear.