Ear Infection News & Features
- App Could Spot Kids' Ear Infections
May 15, 2019 — Researchers studied an app that uses a smartphone's microphone and speaker and a piece of paper to detect fluid behind the eardrum.
- Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Vaccine
August 7, 2017 — The shots are effective in killing the main bacterial cause, but other germs are growing, researchers find
- Hearing Loss Rates Steady for U.S. Teens: Study
July 27, 2017 — Vaccine that prevents ear infections may have counterbalanced surge in headphone use, expert says
- Antibiotics Duration and Kids' Ear Infections
December 21, 2016 — 10 days of the medication was twice as effective, study finds
- Do Middle Ear Infections Have a Genetic Link?
October 7, 2016 — They're the No. 1 reason kids get antibiotics, and finding could point to better treatments, researchers say
- The 'Love Hormone' May Quiet Tinnitus
September 22, 2016 — Small, preliminary study suggests oxytocin might ease 'ringing in the ears'
- An Easier Gel Ear Infection Treatment Someday?
September 14, 2016 — One-time application was highly effective in animal trials, but more study needed, researchers say
- Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'
July 27, 2015 — For kids with a common hearing problem, procedure may be an alternative to antibiotics, drainage tubes
- Rx Ear Drops for Kids With Recurrent Ear Infection
February 19, 2014 — Finds drops may be preferred remedy when special 'ear tubes' are needed
- Avoid Antibiotics in Pill Form for 'Swimmer's Ear'
February 3, 2014 — Instead, use antibacterial or antibiotic eardrops, experts advise
- Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?
September 17, 2013 — Learn the symptoms of ear infections –- and what to do next.
- Kids' Ear Infections: New Guidelines for Treatment
February 25, 2013 — Less antibiotic use, added focus on pain control among key points
- Swimmer's Ear Costs U.S. Half a Billion Yearly
May 19, 2011 — Swimmers often regard inflammation of the external ear canal, known as swimmer's ear, as an inevitable, minor nuisance. But a new study finds that the problem adds substantially to health care costs and the number of annual doctor visits.
- Early Antibiotics Help Ear Infections in Young Children
January 12, 2011 — Small children with ear infections recover better with early antibiotic treatment -- although diarrhea and diaper rash are common side effects.
- Air Quality Up, Ear Infections Down
October 7, 2009 — Cleaner air resulting from federal pollution laws may have significantly reduced the prevalence of ear infections in children, a new study shows.
- Earwax: Too Much of a Good Thing?
August 29, 2008 — Earwax provides benefits to the body, helping to clean and lubricate the ear canal, but too much can cause problems. New guidelines strongly advise doctors to clean out excess earwax and check people with hearing aids every three months.
- Drug-Resistant Ear Infections Reported
October 16, 2007 — Doctors in Rochester, N.Y., have found a bacterial strain that causes ear infections and resists FDA-approved antibiotics for kids.
- Drug-Resistant Ear Infections Emerge
September 18, 2007 — Since the 2000 introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine to prevent ear infections in children, a superbug that is resistant to all the antibiotics approved to treat the condition has emerged, researchers report.
- Obese Children: More Ear Problems?
April 16, 2007 — Obese children may be more likely to have fluid build-up in the middle part of their ears, a study shows.
- Vaccine May Cut Kids’ Ear Infections
April 2, 2007 — The pneumococcal vaccine recommended for all children may reduce frequent ear infections in children, experts write in Pediatrics.
- Nasal Spray May Prevent Ear Infection
March 23, 2007 — Inventors of a new nasal spray designed to help prevent ear infections in children report promising results in lab tests on mice.
- Ear Tubes Not Always Needed
January 18, 2007 — blah blah
- Ear Tubes Not Always Needed
January 18, 2007 — Ear Tubes Not Always Needed
- Ear Tubes Not Always Needed
January 18, 2007 — Hundreds of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers in the U.S. get ear tubes each year, but a landmark study shows that a large number may not need them for the purpose of avoiding future developmental problems.
- Cutting Antibiotics for Ear Infections
September 12, 2006 — Most children with ear infections do not need antibiotics, but they get them anyway. Now, a new study suggests parents are often willing to delay treatment if they know their kids can get the drugs if they need them.
- Vaccine Cuts Infant Ear Infections
September 5, 2006 — Kids under 2 years of age have 20% fewer ear infections now that pneumococcal vaccination is routine.
- Slime Behind Chronic Ear Infections?
July 13, 2006 — A new study shows that chronic middle ear infections may be caused by a thin biofilm that coats the middle ear and forms a slime-like barrier that prevents the body's natural defenses from fighting infection-causing bacteria.
- Ear Drops Best for Swimmer's Ear
March 31, 2006 — Ear drops are the best way to initially treat swimmer's ear, according to the first-ever recommendations on how to treat the common condition.
- New Vaccine May Cut Ear Infections
March 2, 2006 — An experimental vaccine might cut infections of the middle ear, researchers report in <EM>The Lancet</EM>.
- What to Do About Ear Infections
May 2, 2001 — Treating the pain as effective as treating the infection
- Don't Worry: Delaying Ear Tube Surgery Won't Harm Language Development
April 18, 2001 — Until he was 6 months old Matthew Luber had a very rough life -- and so did his mother Mandy Luber.
- Novel Therapy Uses Bacteria to Protect Children From Ear Infections
January 26, 2001 — New Therapy Could Reduce Antibiotic Use
- Doctors Take Virtual Reality Tours Inside Patients
November 29, 2000 — Remember Raquel Welch breathlessly navigating a microscopic space ship through the human body in the cult classic Fantastic Voyage?
- Continuous Pacifier Use Linked to Ear Infections
September 11, 2000 — Limit Use to Bedtime
- It's in the Genes: Some Kids Are Just More Susceptible to Ear Infections
December 7, 1999 — 'Tis the season. While parents are moaning ''Not another ear infection,' scientists have been busy in the lab trying to find out why some kids are more likely to get them.
- Laser Procedure Provides Alternative to Tubes for Ear Infection
September 27, 1999 — A new laser procedure that can be performed right in the doctor's office without anesthesia could reduce the need to place tubes in the ears of people with chronic middle ear infections. Linda Brodsky, MD, who presented the results of her research in New Orleans at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, says laser-assisted myringotomy (LAM) involv