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      Ear problems

      Ear problems can cause discomfort and be worrying, especially if your child is affected. But they are usually treatable and unlikely to lead to long-term problems.

      This section tells you all about some of the common ear conditions that can cause hearing loss, earache and balance problems. We explain what causes the conditions, steps you can take to avoid them, and the treatments that are available.

      If you're looking for more information, our factsheets and leaflets tell you about a range of issues related to the ears and hearing. You can download them from our information and resources area, or order by contacting our Information Line.

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      Diagram of the Outer Ear, Ear canal and ear drum

      Conditions that affect the outer ear are common. They can give you the sensation of having blocked ears or lead to inflamed or infected ears.

      Middle ear, hammer, anvil, stirrup and eustachian tube

      Conditions that affect the middle part of the ear can cause earache and temporary hearing loss. They are most often caused by an ear infection.

      Inner ear diagram including: cochlea, auditory nerve and vestibular system

      Problems in the inner ear can cause hearing loss, dizziness and balance disorders.