Proven Clinical Effects
Clinical data shows that Otovent autoinflation treatment is an effective glue ear treatment that can reduce the need for surgical intervention. Where compliance with the treatment is high, data also shows that Otovent increases the chances of a shorter recovery time from glue ear.
Publications and Clinical Trials
There are a number of studies on autoinflation. Some of them have been listed below:
As pointed out in the the 'NHS Quick Reference Guide: Surgical Management of OME in Children' document, NICE reommcends GPs should offer autoinflation during the active observation period to children with OME who are likely to cooperate. Those are usually children over 4 years-old as they must be able to inflate the Otovent balloon.
Autoinflation is defined by NICE as 'a technique to open the Eustachian tube by raising the pressure in the nose, which allows air to enter the middle ear cavity.'
A high-quality systematic review by Perera (2006) evaluated the effects of autoinflation in children with OME by comparing any form of autoinflation with no autoinflation. RCTs with other type of treatments (such as analgesia, decongestants or antibiotics) were included provided these were provided equally to the two groups. The population comprised children and adults with unilateral and bilateral OME and a clinical diagnosis by primary care physicians or specialists using tympanometry (type B or C2), either alone or in combination with simple or pneumatic otoscopy or audiometry.
Primary outcomes measured were improvement in tympanogram, differences in hearing level on PTA and a composite improvement measured by change in either tympanogram or audiometry.
Source: Perera R. Autoinflation for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion. (Cochrane Review). In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4, 2006. Chichester: Wiley Interscience.
Why choose to prescribe Otovent?
- Reduce the need for grommet surgery on children
- Reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions
- Reduce your referrals for audiology by 64%
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