Otitis Media - FAQs

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Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Nov 12, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about Otitis Media

1. Who should I see if my child is suffering from otitis media?


You can visit a pediatrician, Audiologist or an ENT specialist.

2. How does the ear help us to hear?
The inner ear contains the hearing and balance organs which converts sound into electrical signals. These impulses are carried to the brain by nerve impulses and that is how we hear.

3. Can Otitis media cause a hearing loss?


When fluid is present in the ear, the vibrations are not transmitted efficiently and sound energy is lost so there may be temporary hearing loss . However, when Otitis media occurs repeatedly the ear drum and hearing nerve are damaged resulting in permanent deafness.

4. Why are children frequently affected?
The immune system in children is not fully developed which help them to fight infections.

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