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COM stands for chronic otits media

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Treatment depends upon the stage of the disease. Initially, efforts to control the causes of eustachian tube obstruction, such as allergies or other head and neck infectious problems, may prevent progression of chronic otitis media. Uncomplicated chronic ear fluid is treated with antibiotics, steroids, and/or placement of ventilation tubes. Many children with chronic or recurrent ear infections have ventilation tubes inserted in their eardrums to allow normal air exchange in the middle ear until the eustachian tube matures.
Chronic Otitis Media, Cholesteatoma and Mastoiditis - an easy to understand guide covering causes, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and prevention plus additional in depth medical information.
Chronic suppurative otitis media, incorrectly called chronic otitis media or chronic ear infection, involves a hole in the tympanic membrane and active bacterial infection within the middle-ear space for several weeks or more. There may be enough pus that it drains to the outside of the ear (otorrhea), or the pus may be minimal enough to only be seen on examination using the otoscope or more effectively with a binocular microscope.
In chronic otitis media, diagnosis employs physical examination. On examination there is a perforation in the tympanic membrane and infected material visualized in the middle ear space through the perforation and/or in the external ear canal. Culture of the infected material to try to determine the specific bacteria and to which antibiotics they are sensitive can help guide treatment. Hearing tests are obtained to document the type and degree of hearing loss, and if surgery is contemplated or the diagnosis is not absolutely certain, then a CT scan of the mastoid and temporal bone can yield useful information.
Do children lose their hearing for reasons other than chronic otitis media.