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Summary of Causes, Signs & Symptoms

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The ear consists of the outer, middle, and inner ear, middle ear is connected to the back of the nose and the throat by the eustachian tube which ventilates the middle ear and allows fluid drainage. Sound waves are collected by the ear and transmitted to the brain, any obstruction to the passage of sound wave to the brain will result in conductive hearing loss. If the eustachian tube becomes blocked due to a cold or flu, large adenoids or tonsils, or an allergy such as hay fever, it may lead to one of the three types of Otitis Media: Acute-Otitis, Chronic-Otitis or Glue-ear or Chronic- Suppurative Otitis Media, better known as runny ear.  Treatment of Otitis Media may involve the use of antibiotics, antihistamines or the insertion of grommets to ventilate the middle ear. If not treated correctly OM could result in a permanent hole in the ear drum which must be surgically patched to prevent deafness. OM may go undetected in very young children where it sometimes can be confused with teething problems, or post-immunisation fevers. While no one measure alone will prevent the occurrence to Otitis Media, programs such as the BBC, regular nose blowing, staying healthy and working closely with community support services are always the ways to reducing the recurrence or severity of Otitis Media.