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  1. Ear Infections - Medications

    Antibiotics can treat ear infections. However, most children with ear infections get better without them. Get the facts.

  2. Topic Overview

    An ear infection may sometimes cause a temporary or reversible hearing loss. This generally occurs because the infection blocks sound from passing through the ear canal or middle ear to the inner ear. When sound is blocked like this,it is known as conductive hearing loss. You may hear sounds as muffled or indistinct. See a picture of the ear. Types of infection that may cause temporary or ...

  3. Understanding Swimmer's Ear -- Treatment

    Do you have swimmer's ear? Find out how it's treated from the experts at WebMD.

  4. Tympanocentesis for Ear Infections

    Tympanocentesis is the removal of fluid from behind the eardrum. The doctor uses a special needle with a tube attached to collect the sample of fluid. A culture and sensitivity test is usually done on the sample of fluid. Before the test, your child may get medication to help him or her relax. Or, a doctor or nurse may apply medication directly to the eardrum to numb the area. If there is a lot ..

  5. Tympanometry in Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

    Tympanometry tests the movement of the eardrum when an ear infection or other middle ear problem is suspected. A doctor places the tip of a hand - held tool into the child's ear. The tool changes the air pressure inside the ear and produces a clear tone. Then, the tool measures how the eardrum responds to the pressure and the sound. The results of this test are used to help figure out what is goin

  6. Antibiotics for Middle Ear Infection

    Drug details for Antibiotics for middle ear infection.

  7. Complications of Ear Infections - Topic Overview

    Complications from ear infections are rare,but they can arise. Some problems that can occur include: Trouble hearing. Hearing problems are usually mild to moderate and are usually temporary. Long-lasting hearing loss is rare. However,some children may have problems learning to talk and to understand speech if they have repeat ear infections. 1 Rupture of the eardrum. If fluid continues to ...

  8. Tubes for Ear Infections

    Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections.

  9. Mastoiditis

    WebMD discusses the symptoms, causes, and treatment of mastoiditis, a bacterial infection of a bone behind the ear.

  10. Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa) - Topic Overview

    What is swimmer's ear? Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal,the passage that leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. This condition is called swimmer's ear because it commonly occurs in people who have been swimming. But other people can get it too. What causes swimmer's ear? You can get swimmer's ear when bacteria grow in your ear canal. This ...

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