Nasal balloons inflate hope for glue ear cure

When it comes to glue ear in children, antibiotics are out and nasal balloon devices are in, according to a public health professor.

The balloon device, known as Otovent, is inflated by the child blowing through their nose, promoting drainage of middle-ear effusions by equalising the middle-ear pressure.

It is a welcome alternative to antibiotics, says Professor Chris Del Mar of Queensland's Bond