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The ear shares nerves with other nearby structures including the
face, eyes, jaw, teeth, and upper neck. Pain that feels as if it is in the ear
may actually originate in another structure in the head or neck. This is called
referred ear pain and is more common in older adults. While ear infections can
occur in adults, other causes of ear pain are more likely, including:
January 12, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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