Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media)
Middle ear inflammation is also called otitis media. Otitis media is inflammation of the middle ear. However, many doctors consider otitis media to be either inflammation or infection of the middle ear. “Otitis” means inflammation of the ear, and “media” means middle. This inflammation often begins with infections that cause sore throats, colds or other respiratory problems, and spreads to the middle ear. Infections can be caused by viruses or bacteria, and can be acute or chronic. It can occur in one or both ears. This infection can be very serious because of the severe earache and hearing loss it can cause. Immediate attention from your doctor is the best action.
What are the symptoms of an Ear Infection?
- Feeling of fullness or pressure
- Ringing in ears
- Hearing problems; dizziness
- Loss of balance
- Nausea & vomiting
- Ear drainage