Are bacterial ear infections life-threatening?

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Because bacterial and other ear infections typically happen to children, the condition can be scary for parents. Fortunately, ear infections are rarely serious. They usually clear up without treatment or after a simple antibiotic regimen. In rare cases, bacterial ear infections can lead to ear damage and hearing loss, and there's a small chance that infection can spread to different areas in a person's head. But even so, bacterial ear infections are not known to be life-threatening.

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