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Ear Infection

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If you are experiencing drainage from the ear, an earache, ear noise or buzzing, hearing loss or any other related symptom, you may have an infection or inflammation of the ear (otitis media is the clinical term). Ear infections are also the most common cause of hearing loss in children.

For expert diagnosis and treatment of ear infections, seek the expertise of otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) of the Jefferson Health Balance and Hearing Center. Rated among the best in the nation for Ear, Nose and Throat by U.S.News & World Report, our Center features a team of physicians and doctors of audiology that offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation.

A Jefferson Health otolaryngologist will examine your ears and use an instrument called an otoscope to look inside them. A hearing test may also be performed if you have frequent ear infections. Most types of ear infection respond well to treatment, which can include antibiotics, medication or ear drops. A substantial number of hearing impairments are caused by environmental factors such as noise, drugs and toxins.