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What happens if glue ear is untreated?

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Glue ear usually goes away by the age of seven or eight and the condition improves on its own before adolescence in 95% of children.

When glue ear does not clear up and is not treated, it can result in permanent hearing loss. This is because over a long period it may cause permanent changes to the eardrum.

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