Common disorders of the outer and middle ear


  • Goals and learning objectives
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction & module overview
  • Otitis externa
  • Localised otitis externa
  • Earwax
  • Using ear drops
  • Otitis media
  • Learning scenario
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Learning scenario
  • Otitis media with effusion
  • Antibiotics & ear problems
  • References
  • Post-test
  • Action & Evaluation

Goals and learning objectives

This module will help you understand common disorders of the outer and middle ear. It runs through the features of each condition, the management options and possible complications if the problem is left unchecked and continues to worsen. After reading this module, you will be better equipped to counsel patients who present a prescription, ask for an OTC recommendation or seek advice for any of these problems.

Contributing author: Asha Fowells, pharmacist and clinical pharmacy writer