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Signs Someone with Dementia Has an Ear Infection

Signs Someone with Dementia Has an Ear Infection

Ear infections may not be as common in older adults as they are in children, but they do occasionally occur. They are caused by bacteria or a virus that infects the middle ear. Many times, ear infections happen because of other illnesses, like a cold, that causes the eustachian tubes to swell. The eustachian tubes are narrow tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat. Congestion caused by a cold or other illness can cause the tubes to become blocked, which makes fluid build up in the middle ear. Bacteria or a virus in the fluid is what causes an infection.