Ear pain can be a distressing issue. Most assume that it is an issue that affects only children. However, it can also occur in adults.
Ear pain can affect one or both ears with the character of the pain being sharp, dull, throbbing, constant, or temporary.
There are many causes of ear pain. It usually resolves once the underlying issue has been treated. However, those who experience persistent ear pain should seek professional medical advice.
Cause #1: Acute Otitis Media
Acute otitis media (AOM) is an ear infection that results in severe ear pain. It occurs when the middle ear becomes infected and inflamed. In children, it can lead to intense crying, fits of fussiness, and clutching of the ear while wincing in pain. Those affected may experience headache, neck pain, fever, vomiting, irritability, crying, sleeplessness, hearing loss, lack of balance, and pain upon swallowing.
This condition is more prevalent in young children as their eustachian tube is shorter and more horizontal compared to adults, increasing the likelihood of infection.