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A middle ear infection is caused when abnormal fluid in the middle ear becomes infected with bacteria.

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can cause obstructive sleep apnea, which affects breathing during sleep. This, along with frequent throat and ear infections, may require surgery to remove the tonsils and/or adenoids.

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Common Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Ear pain that is worse when laying down
  • Difficulty sleeping and irritability


For children with middle ear infections, antibiotics are commonly prescribed. However, some children have recurring infections that may require ear tubes to equalize pressure and eliminate future infections. Especially if the infections are impacting the child’s health or hearing.

Ear tubes are tiny cylinders inserted through the ear drum to allow air into the middle ear. Our pediatric ENT specialists perform the out-patient procedure at our surgery center.