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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. Follow the links below to find trusted information about ear disorders.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Middle ear infection and grommets -

A grommet is a tiny tube inserted into the eardrum to allow air to enter the middle ear. Grommets can be used to treat glue ear and recurrent middle ear infections.

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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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Ear health (preventing ear problems) information video | myVMC

Ear health or ear care can prevent ear problems like ear infections, swimmer's ear and hearing loss. Avoiding cotton buds is important for healthy ears.

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Otitis media in children -

Otitis media (middle ear infection) is a common childhood illness that typically causes earache and fever.

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Ciproxin HC Ear Drops -

Ciproxin HC Ear Drops - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Pain in children -

It is not always easy to know when or why your child is in pain. Pain can be caused by injury or illness, such as a sore throat or ear infection. Find out what products are available for pain in children.

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Ears - otosclerosis - Better Health Channel

Otosclerosis eventually affects both ears, but the condition doesn?t cause total deafness.

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Microtia | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

This is the medical name for an ear which has developed differently. The ear may be very small, folded over, absent or a different shape. Sometimes the ear canal is very narrow or missing altogether. Microtia can occur in one or both ears.

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Relapsing Polychondritis | myVMC

Relapsing polychondritis is an uncommon, inflammatory disorder of cartilage which mainly affects the cartilage in the ear, nose and trachea (windpipe)

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Auditory processing disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) means that the brain has difficulty making sense of the sounds that it hears. The child has a normal ability to hear sounds, but has difficulty understanding what the sounds mean.

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