Otalgia: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Otalgia?

Otalgia is pain in the ear. It is commonly referred as ear ache. Primary otalgia is ear pain that originates inside the ear. Referred otalgia is ear pain that originates from outside the ear.
Otalgia may be acute (short-term), chronic (long-term) or recurrent.

Recovery Time

The pain usually gets better within few days.


  • Physical examination
  • Audiogram
  • Tympanogram
  • MRI brain 

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