Help and frequently asked questions

What causes glue ear?


Glue ear is more common in winter and more common in boys than girls. Many children can get glue ear because of: 

  • A cold
  • An ear infection
  • Allergies to pets, pollen or dust

Passive smoking may also cause glue ear in some children. Some children with palate problems, such as a cleft palate, can keep getting glue ear.