To have an earache occurs quite frequently whether one is young or adult. Depending on the pain, circumstances of occurrence, signs that may accompany this earache ... different diagnoses are possible.
The ear consists of three parts:
1 - The outer ear composed of the visible part (flag) and the external auditory canal that goes to the tympanum (membrane on which the sounds vibrate).
2 - The middle ear is a cavity behind the eardrum (the body). It includes the Eustachian tube, a small canal connecting it to the nasal cavities, and the 3 ossicles. These small bones increase the strength of the sound vibrations that reach the inner ear.
3 - The inner ear consists of the cochlea (containing the neurons of the hearing) and channels in which a liquid allows to record the movements and thus the balance.
The ear pain is called "earache" in medical language. If it comes from part of the ear, it is "earache" due to inflammation of the ear: otitis. It may also be due to pain in regions close to the ears: teeth, nose, salivary glands, jaw, muscles or nerves of the neck.
Otalgia can affect one or both ears. It is acute, brutal, or chronic.
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