Can an ear disorder affect the mastoid bone?

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Very rarely, an ear disorder like an inner ear infection may spread to the mastoid bone, a bone found just behind the ear. This condition is known as mastoiditis. Inflammation and pus can form, and people may experience pain and hearing loss. Mastoiditis is treated with antibiotics.

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