What are bacterial ear infections?

Advertisement
Advertisement
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.
Picture of middle ear infection

Continue Learning about Ear Disorders

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.
More

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.