From hearing the honking of a car horn to the sound of silence, the ear is one way we interact with the world. It is also critical to our balance. And a complex and delicate organ that needs to be protected throughout our life.

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What does ringing in the ears sound like? Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom of other conditions. Learn about the 10 causes of tinnitus & treatments.
If you have a lump in front of your ear, you may also be experiencing pain. It can be caused by underlying skin issues like skin cysts, abscess, warts, or even a pimple. Growth of skin cells, called a lipoma, can also cause a bump there.
Pain behind the ear can often be caused by infection, like swimmer's ear, dental complications, or swollen lymph nodes behind the ear. Sharp pain behind the ear can also be associated with headaches, jaw pain, or pain located in the back of the neck.
Understand sensitivity to noise symptoms, including 7 causes & common questions.
Relapsing polychondritis causes inflammation and deterioration of cartilage and other tissues, including the ears, nose, eyes, joints, and respiratory tract.
Ear infections are extremely common infections in kids although adults get them, too. They can be caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus, and can be very painful, causing ear and head pain. Treatment options may or may not include taking antibiotics.

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Hearing Loss: Types of Hearing Loss & How to Treat and Prevent

Understand your hearing loss symptoms, including 10 causes & treatment options for your hearing loss.
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What Causes Ear Swelling & How to Find Relief

Ear swelling can be caused by an infection of the outer or inner ear, or a skin infection like cellulitis. Other causes of a swollen earlobe can arise from irritation from allergies or trauma from an injury or piercing.
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Outer Ear Pain Causes & How to Treat Outer Ear Infections

Outer ear pain can most commonly be caused by environmental conditions such as water exposure or extreme cold weather that can lead to frostbite of the outer ear. Other causes for ear pain include irritation from obtrusive objects like cotton swabs or fingers.
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Hearing Loss in One Ear Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your hearing loss in one ear symptoms, including 9 causes and common questions.
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Otitis Externa: How to Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Otitis externa (known as swimmer’s ear) is an infection in the outer ear canal, which causes inflammation, pain, and some temporary hearing loss. It’s easily treated when addressed early.
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Understanding Ear Canal Pain

An infection of your ear canal is called otitis externa or swimmer's ear. Learn about the symptoms of ear canal pain and why the inside of your ear hurts.
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