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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 one 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 part of the ear affected in otitis media.
4. The adenoids also play a role in otitis media.
5. 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.

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