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ICD-10 code: H65.3

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Chronic Mucoid Otitis Media

Chronic mucoid otitis media, also known as glue ear, is a condition that affects the middle ear. It occurs when the ear becomes filled with a thick, glue-like substance, which can cause discomfort and affect hearing.

Glue ear is most common in children, but it can also affect adults. The condition can develop after an ear infection or as a result of allergies or a blocked Eustachian tube.

Symptoms of Chronic Mucoid Otitis Media

The symptoms of chronic mucoid otitis media can vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms include:

  1. Difficulty hearing
  2. A feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
  3. Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  4. Ear pain or discomfort
  5. Dizziness or loss of balance

If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment for Chronic Mucoid Otitis Media

Treatment for chronic mucoid otitis media depends on the severity of the condition. In some cases, the condition may resolve on its own without any treatment. However, if the symptoms are severe or long-lasting, treatment may be necessary.

Some common treatments for chronic mucoid otitis media include:

  1. Antibiotics to treat any underlying infections
  2. Ear tubes, which can help drain the fluid from the ear
  3. Surgery to remove the fluid and repair any damage to the ear

Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that's right for you or your child.

Preventing Chronic Mucoid Otitis Media

While chronic mucoid otitis media can be difficult to prevent, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  1. Get prompt treatment for any ear infections
  2. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke
  3. Manage allergies and other conditions that can affect the ears
  4. Practice good ear hygiene by keeping the ears clean and dry

By taking these steps, you can help reduce your risk of developing chronic mucoid otitis media and other ear-related conditions.


Chronic mucoid otitis media can be a challenging condition to live with, but with proper treatment and care, it can be managed effectively. If you or your