Back to Health A to Z. Ear infections are very common, particularly in children. You do not always need to see a GP for an ear infection as they often get better on their own within 3 days. Find out about using the NHS during coronavirus. Some otoscopes blow a small puff of air into the ear. This checks for blockages, which could be a sign of an infection.
Middle ear infection (otitis media)
TrustCare | Ear Infection in Adults: Symptoms, Causes & Diagnosis
Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on June 5, The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum, which is connected to the back of the throat by a passageway called the Eustachian tube. Middle ear infections, also called otitis media, can occur when congestion from an allergy or cold blocks the Eustachian tube.
What Are the Symptoms of Inner Ear Infections in Adults?
A healthy ear and an infected ear, including outer, middle, and inner ear, showing inflammation and fluid in the ear. It could be an ear infection. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Some ear infections, such as middle ear infections, need antibiotic treatment, but many can get better without antibiotics. There are different types of ear infections.
Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection. It causes a delicate structure deep inside your ear called the labyrinth to become inflamed, affecting your hearing and balance. The most common symptoms are dizziness , hearing loss from mild to total loss of hearing and vertigo — the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, with some people feeling that they are unable to remain upright.