Do middle ear infections affect children differently than adults?

Children are much more likely to get ear infections, especially middle ear infections, than are adults. Among three-year-old children, about 75 percent have had an ear infection, but among adults, these infections are much less common. This may be because children are more likely to catch a cold virus, and because the Eustachian tubes in children do not drain as easily as they do in adults.

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