Do bacterial ear infections affect children differently than adults?

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Bacterial ear infections generally have the same symptoms and treatment options for both children and adults. Children may have a more difficult time explaining what's bothering them, though. The main difference is that ear infections of any kind are significantly more common in children. This is because children have weaker immune systems and smaller channels in their ears that more easily become blocked with fluid. Adults get ear infections far more rarely.

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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...

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