How Healthy Is Your Middle Ear?

Posted by:gulf onJanuary 11, 2017

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

The ear is a very sensitive organ of the body and consists of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear.

The middle ear can be found between the eardrum and the oval window of the ear. Signs and symptoms of an infection in the middle ear vary between children and adults. Children can experience difficulty in hearing or responding to sounds, loss of balance, or difficulty in sleeping; while adults can experience ear pain, as well as drainage of fluid from the ear or diminished hearing.

A middle ear infection, also called otitis media, usually starts with a cold or an allergy. It happens when bacteria or viruses enter the middle ear through the Eustachian tube, a small passage connecting the middle ear to the back of the throat behind the nose, and block the tube with fluid.

In most cases, the eardrum can heal on its own. Since it is more common in infants and young children, doctors advise parents to observe preventive measures to reduce the risk of ear infection. These include not exposing them to secondhand smoke, scheduling them for seasonal flu shots and pneumococcal vaccines, and breastfeeding infants instead of bottle feeding them.

The initial diagnosis is generally called acute otitis media. If a fluid is found in the middle ear, it is called otitis media with effusion.

An ear infection that resulted in perforation of the eardrum is called chronic suppurative otitis media. Your doctor may perform other diagnostic tests as the need arises or if the condition persists.

Gulf Coast Audiology conducts tympanometry, an objective test of middle-ear function that can help diagnose disorders that can lead to hearing loss. The center provides a specialized diagnostic testing, comprehensive evaluations and options for the prevention of hearing impairment.

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