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  1. 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

  2. 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 ..

  3. Antibiotics for Middle Ear Infection

    Drug details for Antibiotics for middle ear infection.

  4. 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 ...

  5. Tubes for Ear Infections

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

  6. Mastoiditis

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

  7. 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 ...

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

    Ear pain in children may be a sign of an infection in the space behind the eardrum (middle ear). Ear infections (otitis media) most commonly occur when cold symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose and a cough, have been present for a few days.

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

    Information on home treatment of ear problems and injuries in children age 11 or younger.

  10. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Prevention

    To prevent ear problems and injuries in young children, breastfeed your baby. Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections. Avoid exposing children to cigarette smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke have more frequent ear infections.

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