1. Can the patient use a normal balloon?
No, patients should not use a normal balloon. The Otovent inflation device is a precision medical instrument that is designed to apply a specific pressure to the Eustation tubes. Use of a normal balloon may apply too little pressure, or too much pressure and cause damage.
2. Can extra Otovent inflation devices be purchased separately?
Otovent is currently only sold as a complete kit containing the applicator and 5 inflation devices.
3. My patient is worried about Otovent damaging her child's ears?
It should not be used whilst suffering from a bad cold or nasal congestion. Assure them that Otovent has undergone extensive testing and clinical trials to ensure that it is 100% safe to use.
4. If suffering from an illness such as a cold, should an individual continue with the Otovent treatment?
It should not be used whilst suffering from a bad cold or nasal congestion.
5. I have tried Otovent myself and found it uncomfortable. I did not like the sensation. Is this normal?
Some people find using the Otovent device overwhelming at first. Because this experience can be too much for some children, we suggest that parents try the device first so that they can demonstrate to their child that it is safe and experience the sensation of pressure on the Eustachian tubes. The child may experience "clicking" or feel movement in their ears. This is a sign that the Otovent device is working.
6. My patient cannot inflate the Otovent inflation device. What can I do to help?
You can try stretching the inflation device to help them get started. If they are still unable to inflate the device have the parent inflate it for them first.
7. My patient would like to take the Otovent on an airplane to go on holiday.
Otovent may be used on an airplane with complete confidence. It should be used as normal when the child feels the pressure in their ears. Otovent has also undergone clinical trials for treating symptoms Barotitis
8. Why are there five Otovent inflation devices in a pack?
The Otovent inflation devices are made of natural latex and they stretch as they are used (max 20 inflations per device). Each device should last for 3–4 days.
9. What is the effectiveness of Otovent?
The clinical data showing the effectiveness of Otovent shows that it works in 64% of cases where the course of treatment is correctly carried out.
10. What is the price of the Otovent set?
As expected, on prescription for a child less than 16 years of age, it is free. Over the counter the RRP is £6.97.
11. How long has Otovent been available in the UK market?
Otovent has been available in the UK since 1993 and gained prescription status in 2001.
12. What clinical data is available on Otovent?
Visit our Clinical Data section for results.
13. Who can use Otovent?
Adults and children from 3 years of age can use Otovent.
14. When should patients begin using Otovent?
As soon as possible after the diagnosis of glue ear is made. Early intervention produces the best results.