How do bacterial ear infections affect the body?

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Bacterial ear infections can be caused by excess moisture or fluid build-up in the middle ear or ear canal, and are often a result of an infection that has spread from another part of the body, like from the throat or nose. When bacteria infect the ear, they cause the lining of the ear to become swollen and inflamed. The passages of the middle ear become increasingly blocked and fluid-filled as the body attempts to fight off the infection. This increase of fluid puts stress on the ear drum and makes it difficult for you to hear.

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