A free, award-winning app, designed for children experiencing hearing loss due to glue ear
This site is for the Hear Glue Ear app. Go here for further resources and research around the broader Hear Glue Ear project.
'Children’s app of the year'
UK App Awards, 2019
'Forward Healthcare award'
Leading 1 Health
Orcha, world-leading health app evaluators, gave Hear Glue Ear a score of 82%
Hear Glue Ear has been quality-assured and highly-commended by NICE
Hear Glue Ear has a CE mark as a class I medical device
The Hear Glue Ear app is a valuable tool to help families manage their child’s glue ear at home. Glue ear is one of the most common childhood conditions in children aged 2-6, and the concern is that some young children with persistent or recurrent glue ear might struggle to develop speech, language, listening, and social communication skills.
Originally developed by Cambridge Digital Health, in collaboration with Dr Tamsin Brown and the Cambridge Hearing Trust Charity, the Hear Glue Ear app supports learning and development in children with glue ear, to help them avoid developmental delays.
The app includes audiobooks, songs and listening games for children. It also provides accurate, up-to-date glue ear information for parents and a hearing screen to monitor fluctuations in children’s hearing levels over time. Moreover, speech and language therapists can upload therapy sessions onto the app, and there is a clinician’s portal for providing insights on progress between appointments.
Learning and Fun
Songs with memorable lyrics and colourful videos encourage listening and auditory processing in a fun and entertaining way.
Each audiobook is beautifully illustrated and narrated, and children are asked a series of questions at the end to determine their understanding of the story.
Specially-designed songs, games and audiobooks help children to overcome language and auditory processing delays that can result from periods of poor hearing
Games have different levels of difficulty to allow children to progress and to keep the content age-appropriate. Key performance indicators are measured and may be accessed by the child’s clinician.
The hearing screen* is presented as a fun game that a child can play regularly. It will provide an insight into how the child's hearing is fluctuating over time.
The results show if there are areas within normal hearing range where a child may not be hearing well, and are presented with examples of sounds that might be difficult (e.g whispered conversation level).
Parents and clinicians will be able to see how stable a child’s hearing is, and whether appointments are required more regularly.
*Please note that the hearing screen is not a diagnostic tool, and is designed to be used in addition to clinical appointments with clinician overseen audiometry tests.
The app’s learning activities record a number of metrics that can aid clinicians in understanding a patient’s hearing needs. Visit www.hearglueear.com to register.
Clinicians and therapists can register for the app as healthcare professionals and access the child’s hearing screen results to gain information about how their hearing may be fluctuating between clinic appointments.
The data collected are presented in charts that are easy to interpret and access and can be used to assist with prioritization of patient lists.
The app also allows speech and language therapists to upload Speech and Language therapy sessions for the child.
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The app can help parents feel reassured that they can provide their child's clinician with a more complete picture of how hearing loss is affecting their child
Information and Guidance
The app provides accurate, up-to-date information for parents and carers on a range of subjects related to hearing loss in children. These include explaining diagnoses, strategies for helping a child with their development, and how hearing loss can be accompanied by other issues such as behavioral difficulties.