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Take the Ear Infection Quiz

Infections of the middle ear are also called otitis media. They are a common problem during childhood. Seventy-five percent of children have at least 1 middle ear infection by the time they turn 3. How much do you know about this illness? Take this quiz. It’s based on information from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

1. An ear infection usually begins with a cold.
2. Otitis media usually affects just babies and young children.
3. The ear's eustachian tube is the main culprit in otitis media.
4. The adenoids also play a role in otitis media.
5. Children often have trouble hearing when they develop an ear infection. This hearing loss usually is only temporary, however.
6. Difficulty sleeping and loss of balance are 2 symptoms of otitis media.
7. Children who live in homes where there is cigarette smoke are more likely to get otitis media.
8. Once the infection clear up, fluid may stay in the middle ear for several months.

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