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What are the different types of ear infections?

There are three main kinds of ear infections, which are called acute otitis (oh-TIE-tus) media (AOM), otitis media with effusion (uh-FEW-zhun) (OME), and otitis externa (Swimmer’s Ear). Your healthcare provider will be able to determine what kind of ear infection you or your child has.

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