How do middle ear infections affect the body?

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Middle ear infections occur when the Eustachian tube, which allows air to pass between the ear and the nasal passages, becomes obstructed. This allows viruses and bacteria to grow in the space behind the eardrum. The infection causes a fever, hearing problems, and increasing pain as it increases.

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Ear Disorders

Ear Disorders

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...

t options for ear disorders vary based on the type of disorder you have.
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