Otitis

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Otitis means inflammation or infection of the ear. It can happen in both humans and other animals. It can affect different parts of the ear:

  • Otitis externa, also called "swimmer's ear," affects the outer ear and ear canal.
  • Otitis media affects the middle ear.
  • Otitis interna affects the inner ear.

Symptons include ear wax, ear-ache and headaches. It often affects sinuses and throat also.

Scientists have found signs of ear infections in the bones of humans who lived 15,000 years ago.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. American Friends of Tel Aviv University (May 26, 2020). "Evidence of Ear Infections Discovered in Remains of Humans Living in Levant 15,000 Years Ago". Press release. https://www.aftau.org/press-release---ear-infections. Retrieved May 26, 2020. 
  2. Katarina Floreanova; Efrat Gilat; Elan Koren; Hila May (May 25, 2020). "Ear infection prevalence in prehistoric and historic populations of the southern Levant: A new diagnostic method". International Journal of Oseoarchaeology. doi:10.1002/oa.2873. Retrieved May 26, 2020. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)