In order to view the content, you must install the Adobe Flash Player. Please click here to get Flash Player.
Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear, or middle ear infection. Middle ear infections develop in the area between the ear drum and the inner ear. When the ears are infected, the eustachian tubes, which are small tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the nose, become inflamed and swollen. If the eustachian tubes become swollen, fluids form in the middle ear, which cannot flow out to the nose and throat. If left untreated, this can lead to further infection, hearing loss or scarring.