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Ear problems may be caused by many different health
problems. In children, ear pain is more likely to be a symptom of an
inflammation, infection, or fluid buildup in the external or middle ear. But
ear pain at any age may be a symptom of:
Ear problems caused by an injury to the ear can occur at any
age. Common injuries include the following:
Hearing loss often comes with age. As people get older, ear
problems are more likely to be related to:
The ear shares nerves with other parts of the face, eyes, jaw,
teeth, and upper neck. Pain that feels as if it is in the ear may be coming
from another part of the head or neck. This is called
referred ear pain and is more common in older adults.
Causes of referred ear pain can include dental problems, jaw pain (temporomandibular disorder), salivary gland infection, or a
symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.
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Home treatment may be all that is
needed to relieve minor or intermittent ear discomfort.
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
You may be able to prevent ear
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
January 12, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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