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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

As expected, on prescription for a child less than 16 years of age, it is free. Over the counter the RRP is £6.97.

Otovent has been available in the UK since 1993 and gained prescription status in 2001.

Visit our Clinical Data section for results. 

Adults and children from 3 years of age can use Otovent.

As soon as possible after the diagnosis of glue ear is made. Early intervention produces the best results.


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Otovent is available online, on prescription from your GP and over the counter from your pharmacist.

  • Safe and natural
  • Non-invasive 
  • Clinically effective 


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