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A 21-year-old member asked:

how many ear infections in one year is too many? i have had at least 4 or 5 in the same ear, and this time i can barely hear out of it. note: i'm 21

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: Persistent fluid behind the ear can cause temporary hearing dysfunction and sometimes lead to long term hearing problems if the fluid is thick and destroying the middle ear bones that conduct sound from the ear drum to the oval window at the inner ear junction. But fluid can be due to infection and allergies. See you doc and if needed, an ENT referral may be needed.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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