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How many untreated cases of otitis media in childhood lead to deafness?

Not much! With today's antibiotics and early interventions ... It is highly rare to have full blown deafness! decrease in hearing thresholds probably after numerous, repeated bad otitis... We are more worried for the serious complications, sinusitis, meningitis , cholesteatoma and more ! i would not let ear infections go untreated but it won't make you deaf automatically ! good luck! Read more...

How are hearing loss and otitis media related?

Hearing loss/OM. You hear when sound waves jiggle your eardrum, which in turn moves the tiny bones in the middle ear. They then send signals to the inner ear, up to the brain and then you hear. In otitis media, there is often fluid or pressure problems in that middle ear space that makes the movement of those tiny little bones poor at best, so affects the transmission of the sound waves through the middle ear. Read more...

Can otitis media leads to hearing loss? Reversible?

It can . Yes it can. Conductive hearing loss is a form of hearing impairment due to a lesion in the external auditory canal or middle ear.Untreated chronic ear infections can lead to conductive hearing loss; draining the infected middle ear drum will usually return hearing to normal. Development of cholesteatoma-related to chronic otitis media- can also lead to hearing loss. Read more...
Yes. Otitis media could lead to hearing loss. Fluid deep to the ear drum dampens the way the ossicles vibrate. Placing a tube if the fluid is present for 90 days could reverse the hearing loss. Over the long term (many months or years) fluid could do damage to the incus (the middle of the three ossicles). This damage may occur from pressure on the incus of bacterial enzymnes which erode the bone. Read more...

Otitis media after a virus w/mixed hearing loss. Fluid is gone. I can hear outside noises better than my voice which sounds faint in my own head. Why?

Mixed Hearing Loss. A mixed hearing loss means that there is both conductive hearing loss (related to the ear drum or middle ear bones or space) and sensorineural hearing loss (nerve damage). The fluid in the ear causes the conductive loss, so if the fluid is gone, there might be some residual sensorineural hearing loss. You should probably get this checked out with a hearing test to make sure. Read more...

What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold I had last week, I went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

You . You need to see an ENT soon. Prolonged infection can result in permanent hearing loss. Go to www.Entnet.Org to find an ENT near you. Read more...
You . You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. Read more...