What are the symptoms of acute otitis media?

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Symptoms of acute otitis media, or a middle ear infection, in young children include pain in the affected ear or ears, difficulty sleeping, crankiness, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. One sure way to tell if an infant has an ear infection is if they pull at their ears and are irritable. Older children may experience headaches and may appear to have hearing loss.

Symptoms of acute otitis media in adults include many of the same symptoms as children. Adults, however, may also feel dizzy and feel like the ear is clogged.

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