Are ear disorders serious?

Some ear disorders have the potential for long-term complications, including hearing loss and balance problems. Even a simple middle ear infection, left untreated, can lead to short-term or permanent hearing loss. Inner ear problems, which can affect balance, put people at a risk for accidents. Those who suffer from inner ear problems should be especially careful driving.

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Ear Disorders

Ear Disorders

Your ear is a complex organ composed of the outer, middle and inner ear (as well as fluid). Any disorder involving your ear -- ear infections, tinnitus, Meniere's disease -- can affect either your hearing or your balance. Treatmen...

t options for ear disorders vary based on the type of disorder you have.

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