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Tinnitus is a ringing or swishing that seems to originate in the ear or head. Causes of tinnitus include loud noise exposure, medications, and other diseases. Treatment options are limited for tinnitus. Tinnitus can be prevented by wearing hearing protection when exposed to loud noises.
Watch this slideshow tour through the ear, helping you understand the causes of ear infections and how they are diagnosed and treated. See how ear tubes work to ease chronic ear infections and protect against hearing loss.
View an illustration of ear anatomy and learn about the outer, middle and internal sections that make up the ear and their functions.
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Ear Infection Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
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