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Chronic Otitis Media

Alternate Names : Persistent Otitis Media, Recurrent Otitis Media, Glue Ear

Chronic Otitis Media | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

To prevent otitis media, children should receive prompt treatment for ear infections. If antibiotics are prescribed, the pills or liquid must be taken until gone, even if the child feels better. Children may be given special vaccines to help prevent future infections as well.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

With prompt treatment, there usually are no long-term effects, unless treatment fails. Untreated cases or treatment failure may result in:

  • hearing loss
  • speech and learning delays secondary to hearing loss
  • scarring of the eardrum
  • damage to the bones that assist with hearing and some of the skull bones
  • damage to the nerves responsible for hearing, which can cause permanent, untreatable deafness
  • extension of the infection into the skull or even the brain, which can cause death in rare cases
  • What are the risks to others?

    Chronic middle ear infections are not catching and pose little risk to others.

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    Author: Mark Loury, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/25/02

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