The condition is usually treated with ‘grommets’; tiny tubes which are placed into the eardrum thereby allowing air to flow freely between the middle ear and the outside, essentially bypassing the Eustachian tubes. While the insertion of grommets is a relatively simple procedure performed on an outpatient bases, it can lead to permanent scarring of the eardrums and in some cases a degree of hearing loss.
The real key to getting a handle on glue ear is fixing the problem at the source. A lot of people’s glue ear is caused by nasal irritation or allergies and so steroid nasal sprays have been a first line of defence in subduing the inflammation and thereby opening up the Eustachian tubes.
There is, however, another approach. The link between glue ear and food sensitivity goes back at least 60 years but recent research has confirmed the link. In 1994, 104 children with glue ear were tested for food sensitivities and 4 out of 4 tested for positive for such. Interestingly; 86% of them saw improved symptoms when problem foods were removed from their diets.
The foods most likely to cause glue ear are wheat, milk, yeast, egg, corn and soy. Eliminate those and your symptoms may improve, although the condition has a large number of root causes of which this is just one.