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Ear diseases and disorders

Ear conditions may be caused by problems in the ear, the neck, sinuses or head. Babies and children are more vulnerable to ear infection. Learn more below.
An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour that can affect hearing and balance.

Acoustic neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour that grows in the eighth auditory or vestibulocochlear nerve. Learn how it affects hearing and other functions.

Deafness

Deafness is a complete loss of hearing. This page offers you information about living with deafness, the deaf community, sign language and more.

Earache.

Earache

Earache is common and it's often the result of an ear infection. Find out more – and see a doctor if it persists, you feel nauseous or have a fever.

Ear infection

Ear infections are common but usually go away on their own. Learn about the symptoms in adults and children and how to prevent ear infections.

Ear wax

Ear wax (cerumen) is produced by tiny glands in the ear canal and helps keep the ears clean. Find out how to treat a build-up of ear wax.

Fluid from the ear

Fluid from your ear is usually just ear wax, but sometimes it can indicate illness or injury. Read more here about the causes and treatments.

Glue ear is common in young children.

Glue ear

Glue ear develops when the liquid inside your middle ear gets trapped and thickens. Learn about its causes, symptoms and treatment.

Hearing loss

Hearing loss is usually permanent, but you can protect your hearing by avoiding loud noise. Know the symptoms and when to get tested.

Dizziness or vertigo is a common symptom of labyrinthitis.

Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the balancing centre in your inner ear. Find out how it may come about, its symptoms and the treatment options.

Meniere’s disease

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the ear that causes vertigo, dizziness and balance problems. There's no cure, but the symptoms can be managed.

Otitis media (middle ear infection)

Otitis media (middle ear infection) is common and often disappears by itself. Know how to recognise the symptoms and when it might need treatment.

Otosclerosis

Otosclerosis is an inherited condition that affects the middle ear and is a common cause of deafness. Find out about the 2 ways to treat otosclerosis.

Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)

Swimmer's ear is an inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal. Learn what you can do to avoid the risks of developing swimmer’s ear.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, whistling or hissing in one or both ears when there is no outside sound. Find out when you should get help.

Vertigo often feels like you are spinning.

Vertigo

Vertigo is a sensation of movement or spinning, tilting or swaying when your body is not actually moving. Learn about the symptoms and treatments.

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