Fluid behind eardrum, known medically as otitis media with effusion (OME), is the accumulation of fluid, often in the middle of the ear, with no sign or other symptoms of an ear infection. This can occur in one or both ears, and can sometimes last for prolonged periods of time, although this is more often the case in adults than in children. Fluid in the ear can cause pain, dizziness and make it difficult for individuals to participate in daily activities. Most often children are the ones who are diagnosed with ear infections; however, it can occur in adults. Fluid in the ear often goes away on its own and medications can be prescribed.
It is well known that infections of the ear will impair the ability of the fluid to drain. When the fluid is not drained properly it will get collected in the middle ear, even after the infection is gone. Any change in the air pressure can also close the Eustachian tube, affecting the flow of the fluid from the cinedivx.info: Iliriana Bisha Tagani. Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) in Adults Otitis media is another name for a middle ear infection. It means an infection behind your eardrum. This kind of ear infection can happen after any condition that keeps fluid from draining from the middle ear. These conditions include allergies, a cold, a sore throat, or a respiratory infection.