Frequently asked questions

Find answers to the most common questions about Otovent below. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you cannot find the answer to your question.

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Can Otovent be used on a plane?

Otovent can be used to equalise middle ear pressure before and after a flight. It can also be used during flight when differences in pressure are felt in the ears.

Can Otovent be used if you have a cold?

Otovent should not be used if your child has a cold, an ear infection or an upper respiratory tract infection.

Does Otovent have side effects?

Otovent is a safe method. In rare cases, there may be transient side effects such as earache, headache, dizziness or nosebleeds.

Why is it important to treat blocked ears?

If the difference in pressure is not equalised by opening the Eustachian tube, fluid can build up behind the eardrum. This is glue ear.

My patient is worried that Otovent might damage
their ear. Are they right to be concerned?

Otovent should not be used if you have a cold, an ear infection or an upper respiratory tract infection. Otovent has undergone extensive testing and clinical trials to ensure that the product is safe.

My patient can’t inflate the Otovent balloon.
What do I do?

It can take a few goes to learn how to use Otovent correctly. Gently stretching the balloon before the first use can make it easier to inflate.

When should patients begin using Otovent?

As soon as possible after the diagnosis of glue ear is made. Early intervention produces the best results.

Who can use Otovent?

Otovent can be used by children aged 3 and over.

What effect does Otovent show in studies?

Read more about the studies behind Otovent here.

Is using Otovent uncomfortable?

It can take a few times to get used to and feel comfortable using the product and with the technique. It is helpful if a parent is able to try Otovent first and then tell the child what it feels like. Used correctly, the user will hear sounds – clicking or crackling – inside their ear.

Questions and answers

How should I clean the nose piece?

If necessary, use a mild detergent and ordinary tap water.

How should I store Otovent?

When not in use, the nose piece and balloons should be kept away from light in the carry case.

Should I clean the balloon?

Do not clean the balloon. It can be inflated up to 20 times and then it should be replaced.

I can’t get hold of Otovent balloons –
can I use any balloon?

You must only use the balloons included in the Otovent range. These have been designed and adapted to open the Eustachian tube safely.

Can Otovent be used if you have a cold?

Otovent should not be used if your child has a cold, an ear infection or an upper respiratory tract infection.

Does Otovent have side effects?

Otovent is a safe method. In rare cases, there may be transient side effects such as earache, headache, dizziness or nosebleeds.

Why is it important to treat blocked ears?

If the difference in pressure is not equalised by opening the Eustachian tube, fluid can build up behind the eardrum. This is glue ear.

How often should I use Otovent and for how long?

For the first week of treatment, Otovent should be used at least three times a day (morning, midday and evening) blowing up the balloon once per nostril each time. In the second week of treatment, Otovent should be used at least twice a day (morning and evening). Then repeat this process in the same way. It may take a few months to achieve the maximum effect.

Who can use Otovent?

Otovent can be used by children aged 3 and over.

What is Otovent?

Otovent is a medical product designed to gently equalise negative pressure in the middle ear.