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What are middle ear infections?

Middle ear infections occur when the fluid that is trapped behind the eardrum, becomes infected with viruses or bacteria, causing an earache, fever and temporary hearing loss. The medical name for the condition is acute otitis media.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 05 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Earache


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