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What are bacterial ear infections?

Ear infection is a common condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. Ear infections may cause inflammation in the middle ear, the region behind the eardrum (where it is called otitis media), or the ear canal (where it is otitis externa). Bacterial ear infections are cases of otitis that are caused by bacteria growing in the ear. Most of the time, bacterial ear infections are not very serious and do not cause permanent damage.
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