What are the possible complications from untreated Otitis Media?While a child is young and at a higher risk for ear infections, it is important to know the symptoms of otitis media and to obtain proper treatment if an infection develops.
Although very rare, complications from untreated middle ear infections can include:
- Labyrinthitis : an infection of the inner ear that causes dizziness and imbalance
- Mastoiditis : an infection of the skull behind the ear
- Meningitis : an infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord
- Tympanosclerosis : scarring or thickening of the eardrum
- Facial paralysis
- Permanent hearing loss