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Chronic Ear Infection Treatment in Alwarpet, Chennai

Ear infections are common in children. The majority of ear disorders may be treated with a short course of antimicrobials. Ear infections caused by viruses can sometimes be resolved by just letting the infections run their course. 

Chronic ear disease is an ear infection that does not heal on its own. A recurring ear illness is also similar to a chronic ear infection. This is known as recurrent chronic otitis media. This illness affects the space behind the eardrum (the middle ear).

To seek treatment, you can consult an ENT specialist near you or you can visit an ENT hospital near you. 

What are the types of chronic ear disease?

There are two types of chronic ear disease:

Chronic otitis media 

Chronic otitis media is characterized by a persistent presence of fluids or illness in the middle ear. The eustachian tube, a little cylinder, connects the ear to the throat. The tube drains fluids from the middle ear and circulates air to help maintain equilibrium in the two sides of the eardrum. Infections might clog the cylinder, preventing it from emptying. This results in the formation of pressure and fluids in the ear.  


Cholesteatoma is an unusual skin growth in the middle ear. It might be caused by pressure difficulties in the middle ear, ongoing ear infections or an issue with the eardrum. Over time, the condition might worsen, causing damage to the tiny bones of the ear. This can result in hearing loss. If left untreated, cholesteatoma can cause dizziness, irreversible hearing loss and loss of control over parts of the muscles of the face.

What are the symptoms of chronic ear disease?

  • Torment or maybe pressure in the ears 
  • Asymptomatic fever 
  • Hearing loss 
  • Ear drainage that isn't waxy 
  • Pulling sensation in the ear 
  • Discomfort 

How is chronic ear disease diagnosed? When do you need to see a doctor?

If you or your child have chronic ear disease symptoms, consult a doctor immediately. To diagnose chronic ear disease, your child's doctor will use a magnification lens or a small, portable device known as an otoscope to look into the ears. The doctor may also arrange for a computed tomography (CT) scan to examine the ear.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Alwarpet,Chennai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

How is chronic ear disease treated? 

Earplugs: This enhances hearing and may help reduce the number of ear problems your child develops.
Surgery: A medical procedure is performed. This can help with ear seepage problems. It can also repair or replace the bones of the ear that have been damaged by, say, cholesteatoma.  


It  is essential that you maintain and take proper care of the infected site so that you can avoid recurring infections.

Can I lose my hearing ability due to chronic ear disease?

Yes, one can lose his or her hearing ability if proper care is not taken

Is chronic ear disease curable?

Yes, chronic ear disease is completely treatable with multiple treatment options available.

How can you prevent chronic ear disease?

Make an appointment with your primary care physician if you have a severe ear infection so that it may be treated and does not become chronic. There are a number of things you can do to help reduce your and your child’s risk of developing a chronic ear infection. It's essential to stay up-to-date on flu, pneumonia and meningitis vaccinations. According to studies, pneumococcal bacteria, which may cause both pneumonia and pneumococcal meningitis, may lead to middle ear infections.

Other preventive tips for chronic ear disease

  • quitting smoking and staying away from passive smoking
  • breastfeeding infants for the first year of life
  • practising high cleanliness, such as hand washing on a regular basis


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