What is an ear infection?

Ear infections can occur as the result of bacteria, virus or fungus entering the outer, middle or inner ear, resulting in inflammation, pain, discharge, build-up of fluids and hearing loss. Ear infections can be caused by allergies, colds, sinus infections, use of cotton buds and swollen or infected adenoids.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include pain, discomfort, puss discharge, dizziness and loss of hearing.

How can they be treated

In some cases, ear infections resolve themselves, although your doctor may prescribe medication. If the infection is not resolved with the use of medication, it may be necessary to surgically drain fluid from the ears.

Inner Ear Infection

What is an inner ear infection?

An inner ear infection caused by inflammation or infection affects either the balance organ of the inner ear (labyrinthitis) or the nerves that connect the balance organ of the inner ear to the brain (vestibular neuronitis). These types of infections create problems with the transmission of sensory information between the ear and brain and as a result can cause vertigo, dizziness, and problems with balance. In cases of labyrinthitis, hearing loss and tinnitus may also occur which may be temporary or permanent.

How can they be treated?

Inner ear infections are treated with medication to control the symptoms. If the problem is not resolved, further tests may be recommended by your doctor in order to help rule out serious damage to the ears.