Are bacterial ear infections serious?

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Bacterial ear infections frequently go away on their own. When they don't, they are usually successfully treated with antibiotics or other treatments. For these reasons, bacterial ear infections are usually not serious. If the infections get severe, however, or go untreated, serious complications can occur. The worst of these are permanent hearing loss, having your eardrum rupture from excessive stress and pressure, or having your infection spread to other important parts of the body.

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