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Otitis is a general term for inflammation or infection of the ear, in both humans and other animals.

It is subdivided into the following:

  • Otitis externa, external otitis, or "swimmer's ear", involves the outer ear and ear canal. In external otitis, the ear hurts when touched or pulled.
  • Otitis media, or middle ear infection, involves the middle ear. In otitis media, the ear is infected or clogged with fluid behind the ear drum, in the normally air-filled middle-ear space. This the most common infection[1] and very common in babies below 6 months sometimes requires a surgical procedure called myringotomy and tube insertion.
  • Otitis interna, or labyrinthitis, involves the inner ear. The inner ear includes sensory organs for balance and hearing. When the inner ear is inflamed, vertigo is a common symptom.


  1. ^ "What causes an ear infection?". Medy Blog. 2021-09-25. Retrieved 2021-10-10. |first= missing |last= (help)

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