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The different types of otitis

External otitis

Definition : external otitis is an inflammation of the outer auditory canal, i.e. the visible part of the ear. 

NB : External otitis does not only affect children but also adults

Otitis media

Definition : Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear. Acute otitis media is the most common childhood disease throughout the world (75 to 80% of children aged under 3 are concerned). It occurs suddenly and is very painful. NB : Otitis media does not only affect children but also adults.

Internal otitis

Definition : Internal otitis involves inflammation of the inner ear. This is the rarest form of otitis and it can lead to irreversible damage surch as more or less severe loss of hearing. 

NB : Internal otitis does not only affect children but also adults.

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