The middle ear includes the eardrum and the ossicles, three tiny bones that are located between the eardrum and the inner ear. The symptoms of a middle ear infection can include: the sensation of a blockage or fullness in the ear, ear pain, headaches, balance problems (such as vertigo), hearing loss, facial pain or weakness, and drainage or swelling.

Acute infections typically clear up with a course of antibiotics or steroids. Chronic or recurrent middle ear infections can be the result of an unresolved acute infection or damage to the middle-ear structures — both of which are conditions that can interfere with proper fluid drainage.

Long-term complications of untreated middle ear infections include hearing loss, meningitis or brain abscess. Therefore, it is critical to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plan to address the cause of your recurrent infections.

Parts of the ear. Image courtesy of National Institute on
Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

In some cases, frequent infections are the result of damaged structures in the middle ear, and in these cases, remodeling surgery is recommended to address the root of the problem. If this occurs, we will coordinate with your other medical providers and stay the course with you throughout your journey.

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.


 
Publication: Ear Infections in Children National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

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