What causes viral ear infections?

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The cause of a viral ear infection is a virus, such as from the common cold, infecting the tissues of the middle ear. This infection causes the tissues to become irritated and swollen. A cold can also indirectly cause the condition through swelling that blocks the narrow tubes of the middle ears, leading to fluid build-up and infection.

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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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