Glue Ear: Guide

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Hear Glue Ear

Bone conduction headphones can be used as an aid to daily living. They work by sending sound as a vibration across the bones of the skull directly to the inner hearing (cochlear) and therefore bypassing the middle ear where the fluid or ‘glue’ is found. Headphones can be paired by Bluetooth to phones or computers to allow the child to listen clearly to telephone conversations, zoom calls, apps (such as the Hear Glue Ear app), audiobooks or films. Some people pair the headphones to small remote microphones so that they can hear a person speaking (such as a teacher) more clearly. Information is available

The Hear Glue Ear app is a free app for families whose child has glue ear. There are books, listening games, speech advice and hearing game on the app as well as a free Shared Care Plan on the app that parents/ carers can use to share information with an educational setting about how glue ear impacts their child.













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