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Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Adults can also get ear infections, but they are less common.

The infection usually affects the middle ear and is called otitis media. The tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus. This can affect hearing, because sound cannot get through all that fluid.

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  1. Ear Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... usually affects the middle ear and is called otitis media. The tubes inside the ears become clogged with ...
  2. Otitis Media Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Otitis Media Introduction Otitis media is a middle ear infection. 75% of all children experience at least one ... back of the throat, near the Eustachian tubes. Otitis Media Otitis media is an inflammation or infection of ...
  3. OME; Secretory otitis media; Serous otitis media; Silent otitis media; Silent ear infection; Glue ear ... fluids drain from the tube and are swallowed. Otitis media with effusion (OME) and ear infections are connected ...
  4. Middle ear infection - chronic; Otitis media - chronic; Chronic otitis media; Chronic ear infection ... Chole RA, Sudhoff HH. Chronic otitis media, mastoiditis, and ... KT, Thomas JR, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery . 5th ed. ...
  5. Middle Ear Infection (Chronic Otitis Media) and Hearing Loss (American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery)  
    Middle Ear Infection (Chronic Otitis Media) and Hearing Loss Middle Ear Infection (Chronic Otitis Media) and Hearing Loss Patient Health Information News media interested in covering ...
  6. JAMA Patient Page: Acute Otitis Media (American Medical Association) - PDF  
    ... the American Medical Association JAMA PATIENT PAGE Acute Otitis Media A cute otitis media (middle ear infection) is extremely common in children and also occurs in adults. In acute otitis media, infection occurs behind the tympanic membrane (eardrum). Acute ...
  7. Otitis media - acute; Infection - inner ear; Middle ear infection - acute ... cleared for weeks or even months.. See also: Otitis media with effusion Other potential complications include: Ruptured or ...
  8. Otitis media is an inflammation and/or infection of the middle ear. Acute otitis media (acute ear infection) occurs when there is bacterial ...
  9. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work - Ear Infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... child has and if antibiotics would help. Acute otitis media The type of ear infection that is usually ... children for AOM, but are not always necessary. Otitis media with effusion Otitis media with effusion (uh-FEW- ...
  10. ClinicalTrials.gov: Otitis Media From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
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