Illustration of the ear and inner ear anatomy

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. OME; Secretory otitis media; Serous otitis media; Silent otitis media; Silent ear infection; Glue ear ... fluid drains from the tube and is swallowed. Otitis media with effusion (OME) and ear infections are connected ...
  3. Middle ear infection - chronic; Otitis media - chronic; Chronic otitis media; Chronic ear infection ... Kerschner JE. Otitis media. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. Otitis media - acute; Infection - inner ear; Middle ear infection - acute ... Diagnosis, microbial epidemiology, and antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media in children: a systematic review. JAMA . 2010;304: ...
  7. Otitis media is an inflammation and/or infection of the middle ear. Acute otitis media (acute ear infection) occurs when there is bacterial ...
  8. ClinicalTrials.gov: Otitis Media From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  9. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work - Ear Infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... learn more about otitis externa (swimmer’s ear). Causes Otitis Media with Effusion Otitis media with effusion, or OME, ... AOM). OME is more common than AOM. Acute Otitis Media Acute otitis media, or AOM, is the type ...
  10. ... to atmospheric pressure in the middle ear. About Otitis Media The middle ear is an air-filled cavity ... and learning. Continue Symptoms and Diagnosis Symptoms of otitis media include: pulling or rubbing the ears because of ...
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