Otitis Media: Inflammation of the Middle Ear
An ear infection, or otitis media, is the inflammation of the middle ear. This is very common in pediatrics and the most common cause of hearing loss in children, typically occurring in the winter and early spring. While it can cause hearing loss in children, if treated immediately, hearing can almost always be restored.
An ear infection comes on when there is blockage in the middle ear due to cold allergy, or an upper respiratory infection. Bacteria or viruses usually lead the build-up of pus and mucus behind the eardrum. This is acute otitis media. Earaches, swelling and redness are all symptoms.
Often the acute otitis will pass, leaving the middle ear swollen and inflamed, causing effusion or serous otitis media. This infection will remain and become chronic and can last for days or years, and can cause difficulty in hearing.
At Miya & Torchinsky our physicians will use an otoscope to examine the patient’s ear. They will check for redness and mucus and if the eardrum moves when pressure is applied. If the eardrum doesn’t move, an infection is mostly likely present. In which case, certain medication(s) will be prescribed.
If you think you or your child are suffering from an ear infection, contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment!