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Adult Grommet Surgery

Adult Grommet Surgery

What is grommet surgery?

Grommet surgery treats the condition of Glue Ear. Glue Ear is caused by a build-up of thick fluid in the middle ear canal and can cause temporary deafness. A small tube is inserted into the ear to prevent fluid from being able to collect.

What are the symptoms?
  • Hearing loss
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears
How is a Glue Ear diagnosed?

A doctor will use a light and magnifying scope to perform a painless ear examination.

What happens during a glue ear procedure?

The patient will undergo a general anaesthetic. A small incision is made in the eardrum to allow any collected fluid to drain from the ear. Once clear, a small tube called a grommet is inserted across the eardrum to allow air into the middle ear.

How long is the recovery?

It normally takes a few days to recover from adult grommet surgery. As the surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, patients cannot drive themselves home when they leave the hospital.