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Otovent® treats glue ear

Otovent treats glue ear (Otitis Media with Effusion, OME) by equalising negative pressure in the middle ear. When Otovent is used, positive pressure is generated in the nasopharynx, which equalises pressure in the middle ear at the Eustachian tube. Both the passive inflation phase and the active deflation phase enable the Eustachian tube to open. About half of all cases of glue ear will normally resolve in one to three months. However, because symptoms can last a long time, there may be a desire to speed up the process. Otovent can be used if the patient does not have an ear infection or an upper respiratory tract infection. Studies show that Otovent can equalise negative pressure in the middle ear, thereby improving hearing and relieving other symptoms of glue ear.

How to use Otovent®

  • Connect balloon

    Attach the balloon to the nose piece. Hold the round part of the nose piece firmly against your left nostril with your left hand. Press the right nostril closed using your right index finger, making sure the nostril is completely closed.

  • Inflate

    Take a deep breath, close your mouth and gently but firmly blow up the balloon using your left nostril until the balloon is the size of a grapefruit (10–12 cm). Once the balloon is inflated, swallow a couple of times.

  • Repeat

    Repeat the process with the right nostril.

Otovent® for prevention and relief

Otovent is the only clinically effective, non-surgical, drug-free treatment available for glue ear (OME). Regulating pressure in the middle ear is a known and important mechanism in the treatment of middle ear disorders in children and adults. Normally, pressure in the middle ear is equalised by swallowing or yawning. If the mechanisms to regulate negative pressure are not working properly, after a few weeks fluid will form, leading to hearing loss.

Otovent has undergone extensive clinical trials and the clinical data on Otovent is listed below.

Studies behind Otovent®

Summaries of results of studies conducted by Abigo Medical AB

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    Williamson et al

    Effect of nasal balloon autoinflation in children with otitis media with effusion in primary care: an open randomized controlled trial

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    Stangerup et al

    Autoinflation for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion

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    Blanshard et al

    Conservative treatment of otitis media with effusion by autoinflation of the middle ear

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    Bidarian-Moniri, Ramos, Goncalves, Ejnell

    Moniri® Otovent® – A new device for treatment of persistent otitis media with effusion. Most children suffer from otitis media with effusion (OME) before starting school.

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    Bidarian-Moniri, Ramos, Ejnell

    Autoinflation for treatment of persistent otitis media with effusion in children: A cross-over study with a 12-month follow-up.

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    Perera et al

    Autoinflation for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion

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    Ercan et al

    Long term effect of autoinflation in the treatment of otitis media with effusion

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    Felding et al

    Treatment of tubal dysfunction and secretory otitis media with a nasal balloon

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    Hanner et al

    Non Surgical Treatment of Otitis Media with Effusion

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    Leunig et al

    Middle ear ventilation with the Otovent® latex membrane system

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    Niebuhr et al

    Autoinflation as a treatment of Secretory Otitis Media in children younger than 3 years

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    Ogawa et al

    Otitis media with effusion treatment by autoinflation using a balloon

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    Stangerup et al

    Barotitis in children after aviation; prevalence and treatment with Otovent

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    Stangerup et al

    Barotrauma in children and adults after flying. Prevalence and treatment with Otovent®.

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    Stangerup et al

    Point Prevalence of Barotitis and Its Prevention and Treatment with Nasal Balloon Inflation A Prospective Controlled Study

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    Stangerup et al

    Point Prevalence of Barotitis in children and adults after flight and effect of autoinflation

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    Kaneko et al

    Middle Ear Inflation as a Treatment for Secretory Otitis Media in Children

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Four randomised controlled trials, all in children, have shown that using the device causes significant improvements, compared with standard care, in middle ear function; 1 of the trials also reported a significant reduction in the need for ventilation tube (grommet) insertion surgery.