Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “HEAR SAFELY to remember about the Risk Factors For Otitis Media

H – Household smoking exposure: Children exposed to household smoking have an increased risk of Otitis Media.

E – Eustachian tube dysfunction: Dysfunction in the Eustachian tube can contribute to fluid buildup and increase the risk of Otitis Media.

A – Attendance at daycare: Children who attend daycare facilities, especially those with large groups, may have an increased risk due to close contact with other children and potential exposure to infections.

R – Recurrent upper respiratory infections: Frequent colds or respiratory infections can lead to an increased susceptibility to Otitis Media.

S – Socioeconomic factors: Lower socioeconomic status can be associated with increased risk, potentially due to limited access to healthcare or living conditions.

A – Allergies: Allergic conditions can contribute to inflammation and affect the upper respiratory system, increasing the risk of Otitis Media.

F – Family history: A family history of recurrent ear infections may suggest a genetic predisposition to Otitis Media.

E – Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke: Similar to household smoking, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in various settings can elevate the risk.

L – Lack of breastfeeding: Lack of breastfeeding or premature weaning may contribute to an increased risk of Otitis Media.

Y – Young age: Infants and young children, especially those under the age of 2, are more susceptible to Otitis Media due to the anatomy of their Eustachian tubes.

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