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What is the outcome for middle ear infections?

In most cases of middle ear infections, the earache passes within two to three days without the need for treatment and any hearing loss fades within one to two weeks. Antibiotics may be prescribed if symptoms are severe or other factors increase the risk of complications. Generally though, the outlook for middle ear infections is very good and serious complications are now rare in developed countries. Some children may experience several middle ear infections, but most outgrow the condition without any lasting damage or hearing problems.

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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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