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Ear Infection Health Center

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  1. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - 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 ...

  2. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Frequently Asked Questions

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  3. Ear Infections - Other Treatment

    If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis. A needle goes through the eardrum to remove fluid from behind the eardrum. It helps ease pain. The fluid is sometimes sent to a lab for testing.

  4. Ear Infections - Surgery

    Surgery for middle ear infections (otitis media) often means placing a drainage tube into the eardrum of one or both ears. It's one of the most common childhood operations.

  5. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

    What is motion sickness?If you've ever been sick to your stomach on a rocking boat or a bumpy airplane ride, you know the discomfort of motion sickness. It doesn't cause long-term problems, but it can make your life miserable, especially if you travel a lot.Children from 5 to 12 years old, women, and older adults get motion sickness more than others do. It's rare in children younger than 2.Motion sickness is sometimes called airsickness, seasickness, or carsickness.What are the symptoms?Motion sickness can cause:A general feeling that you're ill.Nausea.Vomiting.Headache.Sweating.Symptoms will usually go away soon after the motion stops.What causes motion sickness?You get motion sickness when one part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves) senses that your body is moving, but the other parts don't. For example, if you are in the cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of waves, but your eyes don't see any movement. This conflict

  6. Tubes for Ear Infections

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

  7. 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 ..

  8. Ear Infections - What Happens

    Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur along with an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

  9. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - 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 ...

  10. Ear Infections - Exams and Tests

    Middle ear infections are usually diagnosed using a health history, a physical exam, and an ear exam. With a middle ear infection, the eardrum, when seen through a pneumatic otoscope, is red or yellow and bulging. In the case of fluid buildup without infe

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