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  1. 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 ..

  2. 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

  3. 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 ...

  4. Mastoiditis

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

  5. Swine Flu Glossary

    A glossary of terms related to the H1N1 "swine flu" virus.

  6. Prevent Colds With Hand Washing

    Discover how frequent hand washing can be the most effective means for cold prevention.

  7. Flu in Older Adults

    Learn the facts about flu in older adults, including strategies for prevention and treatment.

  8. Flu or Cold Symptoms?

    Do you have flu or cold symptoms? Learn more about the two and how to tell the difference.

  9. 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 ...

  10. Glossary of Flu Terms

    Medical terms related to the flu can be confusing. Here are brief definitions for common terms you may hear from your doctor or friends.

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