Middle ear infections are incredibly common, especially in children. They can be painful and cause a lot of discomfort but, for most people, will clear up of their own accord and shouldn’t cause any ongoing issues.
The basic science of an ear infection is that it happens when bacteria enters the middle part of the ear. It’s this that causes the inflammation that can result in pain and discomfort.
Inner ear problems come in many different forms, including infections and balance disorders, but the symptoms are often similar. The biggest clue that you have a problem with your inner ears is that your balance is affected.