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There is a good chance that you will experience an ear infection in your lifetime. In fact, you may have already experienced an ear infection long ago, as ear infections are very common in younger children. In fact, ear infections are the leading cause for trips to pediatricians. Ear infections are caused by a buildup in the middle ear, which then causes germs to breed. This avoidable buildup causes unpleasant sensations.

In an effort to help our patients avoid ear infections at all costs, we have compiled a list that details some of the most common causes of ear infections. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Southfield ENT specialist, Dr. Pinnock.

Sinus Infections

Sinus infections lead to germs building up in the sinus cavities, which can then spread over to the Eustachian tube, a tube that is located in the middle ear. Getting a sinus infection treated promptly is crucial in preventing future ear infections.

The Common Cold

A cold, flu, or respiratory infection can spread to the middle ear in the same way sinus infections do – through the Eustachian tube. Again, it is important to ensure that your immune system is in top shape – be sure to treat your cold, flu, or whatever infection you may be facing.


Exposure to tobacco or other pollutants can cause ear infections, as tobacco contains bacteria and viruses that have the ability to easily enter the ear. In fact, secondhand smoke is one of the most common reasons for ear infections in children. Children are much more susceptible to the effects of secondhand smoke due to their Eustachian tube still being immature, leading to more difficulty staying open.


Allergies have a direct impact on your ears, often causing an accumulation of fluid and inflammation in the ear, leading to ear infections or problems with hearing. If you suspect that allergies are causing problems with hearing or regular ear infections, visit us for a Detroit allergy test.

Your Southfield ENT Specialist As A Resource

As you now know, things that lead to ear infections are not too uncommon themselves. The most symptoms of ear infections manifest differently in children and adults; however, the most common symptoms include ear pain, drainage of fluid from the ear, and hearing loss. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please reach out to your Southfield ENT specialist via our online contact form or by giving us a call.