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NIHR Signal Blowing up a balloon with the nose helps restore hearing in children with glue ear
The use of a simple nasal balloon can help restore hearing in children aged 4 to 11 with glue ear.After 3 months, this non-surgical treatment restored normal hearing to 49.6% of children with glue ear compared with 38.3% receiving usual care. Children inflate the balloon by blowing it up with their noses rather than their mouths. The activity which is done three times a day can be taught by nurses in a GP surgery. Few non-surgical treatments exist for children with glue ear. Some, such as antibi...
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