Ear Infections | Complications

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Will earaches hurt my child's hearing?

Middle ear infections and fluid in the ear are the most common causes of temporary hearing loss in children. Children who have ongoing problems with hearing may have trouble developing their speech and language skills. For this reason, it is important to talk with your doctor if your child has repeated ear infections.

Persistent ear infections can cause damage to the structures in the middle ear, which can result in permanent hearing loss. However, this is not common.

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Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 01/99

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