Ear Infections

The doctors at the Hearing Center specialize in diagnosing and treating problems of the ear in both children and adults. Learn about acute and chronic ear infections below.

What is Otitis Media?

Otitis Media

Otitis media also known as an ear infection is an infection of the middle ear. This infection can cause earaches and can be connected to a cold, flu or respiratory problems in both children and adults. Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses.

Symptoms of Ear Infections

The following are common symptoms experienced with ear infections:

  • ear pain
  • fever
  • ear drainage
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble hearing
  • loss of appetite, vomiting, moody/cranky behavior


Middle ear infections can be diagnosed by an ENT specialist using any of the following procedures:

  • history
  • physical exam
  • tympanometry
  • hearing evaluations
  • tympanocentesis


Treatments for ear infections will be determined by your doctor but may include the following:

  • antibiotics
  • ear drops
  • surgery

For more information on treating ear infections, contact Excel ENT of Alabama.