What are viral ear infections?

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A viral ear infection occurs when a virus infects and inflames tissue inside the ear. Also known as otitis media, the infection affects the middle ear, an open space between the eardrum and inner ear. The disease is far more common in young children than adults.

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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.
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