barotitis media

Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the middle ear caused by pressure difference within the middle ear relative to ambient pressure, secondary to obstruction of the auditory tube or its failure to open; often occurs on descent in altitude. SYN: aerotitis media.

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traumatic inflammation of the middle ear caused by a difference in pressure between the surrounding atmosphere and the air in the middle ear space, marked by otalgia, tinnitus, hearing loss, and sometimes vertigo. It occurs in rapid descent in altitude, such as in an aircraft or in diving. Called also aerotitis media, aviator's ear, aviation otitis, and middle ear or otitic barotrauma.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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