ear infections

(outer, middle, and inner)


The ear is made up of three sections: the external ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.

The external ear canal is a blind tunnel lined with skin and wax producing glands that ends to the eardrum. Infections are known as external ear infection or Acute Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear).

The middle ear contains small bones which transfer sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. Infections would be known as a middle ear infection or Acute Otitis Media.

The inner ear then transmits that sound information to the hearing nerve and also contributes to balance. Infections here cause hearing loss or vertigo instead of pain and collectively are known as Labyrinthitis.

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