To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of middle ear infection we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow middle ear infection to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind middle ear infection consists of three steps:
Have you suffered from middle ear infections (otitis media) behind the eardrum? Note: These are not the same as outer ear infections (otitis externa), which occur in the ear canal.
Possible responses:→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major/many episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor middle ear infection
→ Current major middle ear infection