Ear pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to primary care doctors. Causes include inner ear infections (otitis media), external ear infections (otitis externa), foreign bodies and trauma. Otitis media is the most common cause of ear pain, occurs primarily in young children, peaks during the winter months and is associated with respiratory infections. In contrast, otitis externa is regularly associated with swimming and diving (often called “swimmer’s ear”), affects all ages 7-9 and peaks during the summer.
Modern Medicine – Issue 6 2019