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What causes ear injuries?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
An ear problem may be from the inner, middle or outer ear. The eardrum can rupture from a direct blow, infection, loud noise or deep dive. Dirt and bacteria from the outer canal can travel into the inner ear, causing an infection. Drainage from the ear can also be a sign of a head injury. Ear conditions can effect hearing, balance and cause dizziness.
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