Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “EARSHOT to remember about the Predisposing Factors of Otitis Media

E – Eustachian Tube Dysfunction: Dysfunction in the Eustachian tube can lead to fluid accumulation in the middle ear.

A – Anatomical Factors: Irregularities in the anatomy of the ear, such as cleft palate or Down syndrome, can contribute.

R – Respiratory Infections: Frequent respiratory infections, especially in children, increase the risk of Otitis Media.

S – Smoke Exposure: Exposure to tobacco smoke, either through active smoking or passive exposure, is a significant risk factor.

H – History of Otitis Media: A personal or family history of recurrent ear infections increases susceptibility.

O – Occupational Noise Exposure: Prolonged exposure to loud noises can be a predisposing factor.

T – Tonsillitis: Chronic inflammation of the tonsils can be associated with Otitis Media.

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department