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Ear disorders

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Ear conditions may be caused by problems in the ear, the neck, sinuses or head. Babies and children are more vulnerable to ear infection, especially middle ear infection.

Inflammation causing swelling and discharge in the ears can be a result of reactions to topical medicines, jewellery, cosmetics or ear plugs.

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Last reviewed: May 2019

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Eardrum perforation - perforated eardrum

Eardrum perforation can be caused by infection, a blow to the ear, injury from an object inserted in the ear, or exposure to a sudden loud noise.

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Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis - Better Health Channel

Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are disorders that result in inflammation of the inner ear and the nerve connecting the inner ear to the brain.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Auditory processing disorder - children

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) means that the brain has difficulty making sense of the sounds that it hears

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Auralgan | myVMC

Auralgan is used to help remove ear wax and relieve pain caused by swimmer's ear and otitis media. It contains phenazone, benzocaine and glycerol.

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Ear health | Australian Government Department of Health

If left untreated, hearing loss and ear disease can affect a child's learning and development. Adults with with untreated hearing loss may also be at risk of developing other health problems. Find out what were doing to raise awareness of ear health and help prevent hearing loss in Australia.

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Ears - Hearing loss in One Ear: Babies & PreSchool Children | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Many babies who are born with hearing loss in one ear are now identified in the first few months of life by the newborn hearing screening program (SWISH)

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Ears - Unilateral (single sided) hearing loss: The school child | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Children who have been diagnosed by an audiologist as having unilateral hearing loss (deafness in one ear) should be followed up by an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist,or Paediatrician, to check if anything can be done to correct the hearing impairment

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Microtia | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is microtia? This is the medical name for an ear which has developed differently

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Meniere's disease - myDr.com.au

Meniere's disease has 4 typical symptoms: vertigo; hearing loss; tinnitus; and a sensation of fullness in the ear. Find out about causes and treatments.

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Ears - Hearing loss in children with Down syndrome | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Hearing loss is common in children with Trisomy 21 (also known as Down syndrome)

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