Earache, Hearing impairment: 7 Possible Causes
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What causes earache and hearing impairment? 7 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Middle Ear Infection

A middle ear infection (otitis media), occurs when a virus or bacteria causes the area behind the eardrum to become inflamed. It is most common in children.

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Foreign Body in Ear

In medical terms, a foreign object is something that is in the body but does not belong there. It may be inserted into the body accidentally or intentionally.

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Eardrum Rupture

An eardrum rupture is a small hole or tear in your eardrum, or tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane is a thin tissue that divides your middle ear and outer ear canal. This membrane vibrates when sound waves ente...

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Ear Barotrauma

Ear barotrauma, also known as airplane ear, is a condition that causes ear discomfort when you experience pressure changes, such as altitude change.

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Otitis Externa

An outer ear infection is an infection in the tube that connects the opening of the ear to the eardrum.

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Menieres Disease

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It's not known what causes it, but there are a variety of treatments available to help with the symptoms.

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Chronic Ear Infection

A chronic ear infection can be either an ear infection that doesn't heal or a recurring ear infection. Your doctor will need to help you treat it.

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