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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.
Glue ear is not painful and can sometimes develop unnoticed. The symptoms of glue ear are:
Children with glue ear sometimes have repeated episodes of earache or middle ear infections.
In some children, the only sign of glue ear is a change in behavior. This may include:
Behavior changes can often be mistaken for stubbornness or rudeness. As a result, many children with glue ear are misunderstood or labeled as "difficult."
Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS