Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “HEAR ME POUT“ to remember about the Characteristic Findings In Otitis Media
H: Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss is common due to the fluid in the middle ear.
Eardrum may appear bulging or red due to inflammation.
A: Acute Onset
Typically, otitis media presents with a sudden and acute onset.
R: Recurrent Infections
Otitis media can be recurrent, especially in children with anatomical predispositions.
M: Middle Ear Effusion
Fluid accumulation in the middle ear is a characteristic finding.
Inflammation and redness are often observed in the affected ear.
Ear pain or discomfort is a common symptom in otitis media.
Fluid or pus drainage from the ear can occur.
U: Underlying Respiratory Infection
Otitis media is often preceded by or associated with respiratory infections.
T: Tugging at Ears
Children may exhibit ear tugging or pulling due to pain or discomfort.