What is it?

Chronic, meaning long standing, otitis media is a conditions of recurrent middle ear infections, that led to a permanent perforation of the eardrum. Over time it may result in hearing loss.
It is usually formed in people with recurrent ear infections and poor function of the eustachian tube, which is the tube that drains the secretions of the ears into your nose.
The condition is referred to as chronic suppurative otitis media if there is a consistent discharge of fluid from your ear.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Acute Otitis Media (AOM)
- Middle ear effusion

Signs & symptoms

The main feature of chronic otitis media is a long-standing ear discharge without ear pain or fever.
Hearing loss in the effected ear is also a common symptom of the disease.


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, especially regarding ear infections that happened during your childhood. Next, he or she will look inside your ear with an otoscope.
This is usually enough to make a definite diagnosis, although further tests might be needed.


Initial treatment may involve careful cleaning of the ear, antibiotics, and eardrops. Therapy aims to stop drainage in the ear by controlling the infection.
If the initial management failed to solve the problem, you may require surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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