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By making certain lifestyle changes like improving hygeine or reducing allergy causing objects in your home, you may be able to reduce your (or your child’s) risk of developing recurrent ear infections and complications that can threaten hearing. For information on preventing future ear infections, see Reducing Your Risk of Ear Infections .


Acute otitis media. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated August 17, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015.

Ear infections in children. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website. Available at: Published March 2013. Accessed September 21, 2015.

Middle ear infections. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website. Available at: Updated August 20, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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