general term for inflammation or infection of the ear
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Otitis means inflammation or infection of the ear. It can happen in both humans and other animals. It can affect different parts of the ear:

  • Otitis externa, also called "swimmer's ear," affects the outer ear and ear canal.
  • Otitis media affects the middle ear.
  • Otitis interna affects the inner ear.

Symptons include ear wax, ear-ache and headaches. It often affects sinuses and throat also.

Scientists have found signs of ear infections in the bones of humans who lived 15,000 years ago.[1][2]


  1. "Evidence of Ear Infections Discovered in Remains of Humans Living in Levant 15,000 Years Ago" (Press release). American Friends of Tel Aviv University. May 26, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  2. Katarina Floreanova; Efrat Gilat; Elan Koren; Hila May (May 25, 2020). "Ear infection prevalence in prehistoric and historic populations of the southern Levant: A new diagnostic method". International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 30 (4). International Journal of Oseoarchaeology: 449–457. doi:10.1002/oa.2873. S2CID 216483121. Retrieved May 26, 2020.