Is Glue Ear, Glue For Your Ear?
When faced with the question ‘is glue ear, glue for your ear?’ from my ever questioning 10 year old, my prompt reply was an emphatic ‘no!’. This did not subdue his enquiry but served to then prompt a formal systematic questioning about glue, testing my patience to its limit. Now the idea that your ear could produce a glue like fluid was almost like telling my son an alien life form had landed in our back garden. He refused to believe me, but was so intrigued, he wanted to know more. So I thought I would enlighten him further, and hopefully quell this new found need for interrogation that wouldn’t be out of place at our local police station! His jaw dropped as I told him that years ago cyanoacrylate was invented as a medical adhesive, used to bond cut skin and tissue together. Of course, we have all reached for it when we have smashed the family heirloom (albeit on purpose), needed to mend or stick all manner of things, ranging from handles back onto mugs or a last minute ditch at fixing your false nails (I speak from firsthand experience of the latter when I was a poor Industrial Design student!). All of you in the world of adhesives realise that cyanoacrylates are commonly known as superglue! But is there such a thing as a Super Glue?
Super Glues are like superheroes, there are many and all claim to yield different powers, we all have our favourites, the only difference being that the former exist. I, at present am becoming increasingly interested in the notion of powerful adhesives that can fix or bond anything together, but to my disdain there are still the non believers… and boy have I come across a few recently. Sticking (excuse the pun) to an idea that is traditional is not always the best course of action. I say make way for the old and let in the new, adhesives can replace the need for rivets and welding (labour intensive and expensive to boot) for example but there are traditionalists out there refusing to give them a chance. At Structural Adhesives Ltd we have a superb range of products that can eliminate the need for mechanical fixing….to me this is truly super glue technology at its finest. After all the talk of glue ear, my young son is now left wondering if any of the other orifices of his body also produce sticky substances…….hmm I think that this is a subject I will not be addressing anytime in the near future! Stick close.