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What are the symptoms of middle ear infections?

The symptoms of middle ear infections include pain, fever, and difficulty hearing. The pain may make it difficult to sleep. In infants, increased irritability, crying, and pulling at the ears is common. These symptoms may occur with or follow a cold.

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