Adults and children will most likely experience an ear infection. In fact, 80 percent of children will have one before they reach six years of age. Over 50 percent of them will have a severe infection before they are three years old. If a child under the age of seven gets an ear infection and it goes untreated it can leave the child with long lasting side effects.
Ear infections happen when fluid builds up on the middle ear side of the eardrum. This produces bacteria and swelling of the middle ear. There are different types of ear infections. Acute otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis in babies and preschoolers. The fluid trapped behind the eardrum creates bacteria. This bacteria lessens the strength of the vibrations of the eardrum, thus resulting in short-term hearing loss.
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