What causes ear infections?
Inflammation in the middle ear most often starts after you've had a sore throat, cold or other upper respiratory problem, like the common cold. The infection spreads to the middle ear and causes fluid buildup behind the eardrum.
The most common ear infection symptoms in adults are:
- Ear pain
- Feeling of fullness in the ear
- Fluid draining from the ear(s)
- Hearing loss
These symptoms of an ear infection may look like other conditions or health problems; always consult your physician for a diagnosis.