Ear infections can be either bacterial or viral infections. They can occur in your middle ear, the part of your ear just behind your eardrum, as well as the outer and inner ear. They often clear up on their own but can be painful due to inflammation or fluid buildup. You may be more likely to develop excess wax if you use hearing aids or earplugs. Older adults and people with developmental disabilities are also at higher risk.
According to Healthline, the following are the symptoms of ear infection:
1. Ear pain, especially when lying down
2. Trouble sleeping
3. Crying more than usual
4. Trouble hearing or responding to sounds
5. Loss of balance
6. Drainage of fluid from the ear
8. Loss of appetite
When To See a Doctor
People can treat most earwax blockages at home. However, the ear canal and eardrum are delicate, so it can be safer to visit a doctor for earwax removal. People should also see a doctor if they have bleeding or drainage from the ear or are in significant pain, as another issue may be causing the symptoms.
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