Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear that is particularly common in young children.
Although anyone can develop a middle ear infection, 75% of cases occur in children under 10. Infants between 6 and 15 months old are most commonly affected.
It's estimated that around one in every four children will have had at least one middle ear infection by the time they are 10 years old ... read more
Glue ear is a common childhood condition in which the middle ear becomes filled with fluid. The medical term for glue ear is otitis media with effusion (OME).
It's estimated that one in five children around the age of two will be affected by glue ear at any given time, and about 8 in every 10 children will have had glue ear at least once by the time they are 10 years old.
The main symptom of glue ear is some hearing loss in one or both ears. This usually feels similar to what you experience when you put your fingers in your ear ... read more
Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises.
Action on Hearing Loss estimates that more than 10 million (about 1 in 6) people in the UK have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.
Hearing loss can occur suddenly, but usually develops gradually ... read more
Hearing loss is, in most cases, not sudden. It progresses gradually over time for most adults. It is often the case that hearing loss is ignored. People tend to blame others when they cannot hear something or someone properly. They attribute their own hearing loss to others’ speech. However, it is often friends and family who take note of hearing loss in people ... read more