What increases my risk for ear disorders?

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Risk factors vary depending on the type of ear disorder and the symptoms. Risk factors for hearing loss include exposure to loud noises, illnesses affecting the ear, certain medications, aging, and heredity. Illnesses such as meningitis may also cause hearing loss. The ears also may be affected by structural abnormalities within the ear.

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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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