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What do I need to know about caring for someone with ear disorders?

People with ear disorders need proper medication and support for hearing or balance difficulties. If you're caring for someone with an external or middle ear infection, treat symptoms with painkillers or warm compresses. Contact a doctor if the symptoms do not abate, because some infections require antibiotic therapy. People who are hearing impaired may fare better in an environment free of background noises. Make sure you face the person when you are speaking. Those who suffer from balance problems may need your help moving around. Encourage your loved one to see a doctor if the dizziness continues or becomes debilitating.

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